Friday, March 1, 2013
Rising WR Gray takes in UT practice
By Damon Sayles
Texas’ spring practice on Friday featured multiple highlights, and 2014 wide receiver Garrett Gray (Marble Falls, Texas/Marble Falls) was one of the athletes on hand as a witness.
In fact, Gray described the practice in two words: “Very impressive.”
It was a fitting comment for a player who was described by many in the Central Texas area with those same words. At 6-foot-4 and 205 pounds, Gray is a standout receiver with great speed and arguably even better hands.
“The facilities were definitely a factor,” Gray said. “I loved their fast-paced practice and offense. I really liked their strength and conditioning program as well.”
Gray plays for a head coach who knows all about the Longhorns and their storied tradition. Marble Falls coach Todd Dodge played quarterback at Texas from 1982-85 and still ranks in the top 10 all-time in passing yards for the Longhorns.
Gray said Friday was his first opportunity to actually speak with a member of the Texas staff. He’s hoping to add a Longhorns offer to his list, which already includes offers from Iowa, California, Tulsa, Minnesota, Rice and Houston.
Part of Gray’s fame comes from a September outing that was loaded with record-breaking performances. Gray caught 13 passes for 294 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-55 win against Boerne Champion. Shockingly, his numbers took a backseat to both teams’ quarterbacks. Teammate Mike Richardson threw for a state-record 725 yards and seven touchdowns, while Champion quarterback Kyle Poeske threw for 595 yards and six scores.
Gray finished the season with 81 receptions, 1,205 receiving yards and 20 touchdowns. His size makes him imposing. His 4.43-second 40-yard dash time makes him even more dangerous.
“I can extend the field with my speed and go up and make big plays,” said Gray, who added he’s also getting interest from Texas A&M.
Gray said he plans on visiting Texas A&M next week, but in the meanwhile, he’s looking to get better acquainted with the Longhorns.
“I’ve just recently started getting letters,” Gray said. “Coach [Major] Applewhite came down and watched one of our workouts. [Friday] was the first time I actually talked to them.”
And it could have been the first of many conversations for a rising receiver.