Texas O-Lineman a possibility for Tide

Since the arrival of Dennis Franchione and his staff with deep ties to the Midwest, Alabama has signed several prospects from the talent-rich state of Texas. <br><br>Offensive lineman Charleston Gray of Fort Worth's Dunbar High School is a possibility this year.

Gray (6-3, 270, 4.90) is a bona fide interior lineman, who has incredible footwork and plays with a motor at full throttle. His high school coach, Bob Jones, reports that Gray plays hard on every down, and his athleticism allows him to play defensive line as well.

Gray had five unassisted tackles in his first game on the defensive line this season. "Gray could play anywhere along the line of scrimmage, from tight end to defensive tackle and perform at a high standard," Jones said.

Gray is also a good enough athlete that he could start for the Dunbar High basketball squad that finished 32-3 his junior year. "Charleston could play on our basketball team, he's that quick," Bob Jones told Heartland Recruiting. "He's just a shade under six-foot-three and weighs 280. He'll play on both sides of the ball for us this year. Great feet."

Many scouts believe Gray will likely end up at center due to his excellent footwork and size.

Gray made All District and second team All Metro as a junior for one of the elite powerhouse programs in the state of Texas. He bench presses 335 pounds and squats 550. He carries a 2.8 GPA, but must raise his SAT score to fully qualify.

He is being courted by the likes of Oklahoma State, Alabama, Purdue, Texas, LSU, Iowa, Iowa State, Missouri, Wisconsin, and TCU.

"I like Alabama," Gray said. "They will probably be one of my five official visits. I'm looking for a school that plays big-time college football and stresses academics."

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