Recruiting 2003: Eric Gray

A high school teammate of current Tide signee Chauncey Malone, Trinity's Eric Gray is viewed as one of the top strong safety prospects in the state.

Gray (5-11, 193, 4.55) plays for West Morgan High School and is so talented that they created a position of "defensive athlete" to make sure he made the All State Team. He also was selected All Area for the second consecutive year.

Gray has shared the backfield with Chauncey Malone (Alabama, Hinds, MS JC) his entire high school career so far, but during his senior year the spotlight will become his sole property. So far he is working like a Trojan during the off season and he has set a goal of becoming the second consecutive West Morgan runningback to win the coveted 3A Back of the Year as a senior.

The versatile athlete had a stellar junior campaign that really caught the eyes of many college scouts across the south. Here is a look at his career numbers entering his senior year.

 Year     Carries Yards  AVG Tds Tackles Sacks Int's

Freshman    21     167  7.95   1    32     3
Sophomore  136     978  7.19  14    39     1     2
Junior     144    1394  9.68  14    44     2

Career     301    2539  8.44  29   115     7     2

Gray also has 11 career receptions for 125 yards and one touchdown. Plus, he has returned 10 kickoffs for 163 yards.

Next season Gray's coaches could make him the tailback in a one back set, or he could beef up and play fullback. He has great vision running the football in traffic.

Depending on how it plays out in the fall, Gray also could play either safety position on defense. He has played cornerback in high school, but he must get quicker hips and feet in order to play on an island in college. Gray has the instincts and ability to play strong safety, but he will need to become a more aggressive and physical tackler.

His brother, Antonio Gray, signed at Southern Miss and is now quarterback at North Alabama. But Eric is a better college prospect for division one football.

The Trinity star benches 255 pounds, squats 415, and power cleans 250.

He projects as a qualifier, plus Gray has camped at Auburn and participated in the Alabama Team camp. It will be an instate battle for his signature, but Ole Miss and Mississippi State have outside shots.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Eric has attended the UA Junior Day (offered a scholarship) and has also attended practice with his teammate, Chauncey Malone. He plans to attend both Alabama and Auburn's A-Day games before giving either school an edge.


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