WR Gray is commit No. 15 for Longhorns
June, 10, 2013
By Max Olson | ESPN.com
Texas’ recruiting momentum following its Sunday minicamp continued with another new commitment on Monday night.
Marble Falls (Texas) wide receiver Garrett Gray gave the Longhorns his verbal pledge one day after landing an offer at the camp. He becomes the 15th member of Texas’ No. 3 ranked 2014 recruiting class.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver wowed Texas coaches from the very beginning of the day when he busted off a time of 4.4 seconds in his 40-yard dash. Gray went home with his offer, thought things over and was ready to pull the trigger late Monday.
“I’m amazing, man. I’m excited about it,” Gray said. “I was always real high on them. They made me feel like family, and they’re going to win. They offered me because they want to go three- and four-wide with their offense, and I went home and thought about it and reached my decision.”
Max Olson/ESPNNew Texas commit Garrett Gray, who is 6-foot-4, insists he'll play receiver in college, unless he gains too much weight.
Gray chose Texas over offers from Oklahoma State, UCLA, Cal and nearly a dozen other schools. He joins Lorenzo Joe (Abilene, Texas/Cooper) and Roderick Bernard (Houston/Sharpstown) as the third receiver in Texas’ class.
Though he visited Texas for a spring practice in March, Gray admitted there hadn’t been much contact between him and UT this spring. Once the Longhorns became interested in recent weeks, things moved quickly.
“It’s where I want to be,” Gray said. “I grew up around here and I love where I’m at. I want to be part of that program. They’re going to turn the corner, and I want to be part of that.”
As a junior, Gray caught 80 passes for 1,205 yards and 20 touchdowns for Marble Falls. Going with a UT program located 50 miles southeast from home made too much sense to Gray after he picked up the offer.
But going into the weekend, he sure wasn’t expecting to be a future Longhorn a few days later. It took a while for the offer to truly set in Sunday night, but after that Gray was ready. He’s proud of what he proved at the camp, especially with his 40-yard dash time.
That speed could make Gray an asset in a variety of roles for the Longhorns. Though he’s likely best suited to play outside receiver, he knows his quickness can make for lots of mismatches when a linebacker has to cover him.
“They told me my role depends on how I grow. If I put on 10 or 15 more pounds they’ll put me out wide, but I can play inside," Gray said. "Wherever they can find a mismatch, really. If I get to 240 or 260, they’ll put me at tight end and I can go against linebackers. That’s not Major Applewhite’s plan, but I can be a matchup problem out there.”
That’s not in Gray’s plans, either. He’s not expecting to bulk up and move inside.
“I’m a wideout,” he said. “I’ve proved my speed. Major Applewhite tells people you’ve got to see it to believe it.”