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Alabama vaults into top three for top 50 overall prospect Maleik Gray

The highest-ranked prospect among several blue chips visiting Alabama Saturday was Maleik Gray and the Tennessee safety was impressed to the point UA vaulted into his top three.

One of the top prospects in the country in the rising-senior class, La Vergne (Tenn.) athlete Maleik Gray has a coast-to-coast offer list and has had top options for some time. But the Southeast programs on it have moved into prime position to contend for his commitment. 

The No. 4 safety projection by Scout has long favored the in-state Tennessee Volunteers and Florida State Seminoles, but a Saturday trip to Tuscaloosa has the Alabama Crimson Tide now in his top three as well.

"It was great, I loved it there," Gray said. "Just a great place for me to be successful as a young man and as a football player. They told me they were going at me hard. 

"They like my size, my speed, physical, how I can play man and just being able to play everywhere." 

The USC Trojans were once on the short list for the No. 50 recruit in the country, but their September 3 opponent and specifically the head coach put a dent on the pursuit.

"Nick Saban," Gray said when detailing stand-out moments. "Amazing because I never thought one day in my life I would be sitting in front of one of the best coaches in the NCAA." 

It was the second Alabama trip as a prospect for Gray, who was in town for camp last summer. While he has the top group of UT, FSU and UA, he admits he doesn't yet have a decision timetable.

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