Gray Taking His Time

Gray Taking His Time

DeSoto (DeSoto, TX) High School athlete Cyrus Gray is one of the most sought-after players in the nation. The Bear Insider checked in with Gray for an update on his recruitment.

The 5-11/190 Gray is taking his time in deciding on his finalists amongst his stated favorites, which include Miami, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Cal and others, choosing to learn more about his suitors and check out as many games as possible on TV and during visits.

"I haven't had a chance to sit down and figure out who I'm going to visit yet and when I'll make my trips but Cal is definitely one that I'm planning to visit, said Gray."

The versatile Gray put up strong numbers in 2005, pulling quadruple duty for his DeSoto squad.

"I play quarterback, running back and receiver," said Gray. "This year I'm starting at quarterback. I played some free safety, too and I'm planning to play some safety this year again."

With 10.43 100 speed and a vertical of 34 inches and 222 carries for 1510 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground as well as 38 receptions for 438 yards and two td's at receiver, Gray has become a marked man by both his opponents and by recruiters throughout the nation. Gray also stood out on special teams, scoring a DeSean Jacksonesque 4 td's on punt returns for DeSoto.

DeSoto has yet to open the season, but Gray did have a chance to take in some of the collegiate season-openers on Saturday.

"Yes sir, I had the chance to see some of the Georgia Tech-Notre Dame, Illinois-Missouri, Oklahoma State-Georgia, Michigan and Colorado-Colorado State games. I have a former teammate, Patrick Williams that plays receiver for Colorado. He caught a lot of passes and he did really well."

With all the football viewing throughout the day, Gray didn't have a chance to take in the Cal-Tennessee game, but was impressed by the Bears victory.

"Some people in my family really want me to look hard at Cal," said Gray. "They say that Cal's a great place to be, with great atmosphere and a great education so I'm thinking real hard about Cal and want to watch them play real soon."

Cal linebackers coach Kenwick Thompson has been the lead recruiter for Gray so far, with Gray noting that they've spoken on a few occasions to date. He was also familiar with Cal frosh QB Brock Mansion, who played at nearby Dallas Episcopal as well as Cal tailback Justin Forsett, who played ball in nearby Arlington, TX.

"I was checking out some information on Cal and I saw Justin in the NCAA leaders last year," said Gray. "He actually led the nation in yards per carry, which is pretty amazing. That's unreal."

As for an expected commitment date, don't circle anything on your calendar yet for Gray.

"I'm just going to be patient and let things come to me," said Gray. "I don't want to be one of those guys that committed too early and made the wrong choice."

A wise choice from a wise young man.

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