February 3, 2011

Focus now shifts to Gray

Aledo (Texas) running back Johnathan Gray has seen his recruitment heat up after a stellar junior season that included a state championship run. With the spring just around the corner, Gray is working now to sort out junior day invites.

"Right now we're trying to schedule junior days and just playing it by ear to see where we want to go," Gray said. We've heard from Texas Tech, TCU, A&M, and SMU to name a few. We just got done with a TCU junior day and I think next we'll be down in Austin for one with Texas on the 13th. I haven't really gotten any further than that yet."

The majority of the early attention has come from within the Lone Star State, but Gray seems to not have much of a preference as to whether he plays in-state or out-of-state on the next level.

"It really doesn't matter to me as far as location goes. I'm just looking for a place that I can fit into their program and what they're trying to do," he said. "I want to find a place that feels like a home, and I want a place that's got a great family environment. I'm going to be spending the next four years in that spot so I want to make sure I'm surrounded by people I feel comfortable with."

The Red Raiders have wasted no time in throwing their hat into the ring for the 2012 standout's services, and so far the relationship built has been a good one.

"I've got a great relationship with Tech. Of course, there's some history there, so I've been familiar with them my whole life. I've gotten to talk with Coach Chad Scott, Coach Neal Brown, and Coach Sonny Cumbie. They seem like good guys so far," Gray said. "I liked what Coach Tommy Tuberville did in his first season and I know they're doing a good job of establishing a ground game with some really talented backs and offensive linemen. I like them, but it's still really early in this process so we'll see how it works out."

The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder indicated that all of the programs he's hearing from have show him the "same amount of interest as of right now." With that group assured to grow larger, Gray is just preparing for the grind of the process he'll have to go through for the next twelve months.

"I'm as wide open as I can be right now while I just try to weigh my options. I'm hearing from a lot of people so I want to make sure I give everyone a chance to show me what they have to offer," he said. "It's going to be a long year and who knows what could happen during my senior season. It's going to be a lot of work to narrow down some of these great choices, but I'm looking forward to seeing how it plays out."

Aside from Texas Tech, Gray currently holds offers from Baylor, TCU, and Texas A&M.

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