Gray finishes up prep career

One of the mainstays of Alabama's current recruiting class, Eric Gray of Trinity's West Morgan High School enjoyed an excellent senior season.

Gray (5-11, 180, 4.55) projects as a cornerback in college, but during his final prep season he rarely came off the field. A workhorse competitor, Gray was the leader of a Class 3A program that stayed on top of the rankings for most of the regular season and into the playoffs.

Rated the 24th-best cornerback prospect in the nation by TheInsiders.com, Scott Kennedy of BorderWars.com lists Eric Gray as the No. 11 prospect from the state of Alabama. BamaMag.com's own Freddie Kirby rates him 20th on his list of the state's Top 30 prospects.

Pictured at Alabama's 7-on-7 passing camp last summer, Gray has good size and long arms--exactly what coaches are looking for at cornerback.

Easily the best defensive back at the Nike Camp in Tuscaloosa on April 27, Gray is a smooth cover corner that blends excellent hand/eye coordination with good make-up speed.

West Morgan ended up being upset in the second round of the playoffs, but Gray was a dependable force until the end. The versatile athlete had a 60-yard touchdown reception in that final game, but it was his running ability that kept his team undefeated throughout the year.

Gray rushed for 1,965 yards and 21 touchdowns on 160 carries as a senior.

For the entire season Gray proved his durability game-in and game-out, also starring on defense. He displays excellent footwork at defensive break with the ability to make a play on the ball while it is in the air. From his position in the defensive backfield, the Trinity native posted 60 tackles and six interceptions.

During the recruiting process Gray was actively pursued by Auburn, Ole Miss Mississippi State, North Carolina State and Arkansas, but he was a summer commitment to the Tide and has never wavered from that decision.

For the first three seasons of his high school career, Gray shared the backfield with Chauncey Malone, a 2002 Alabama signee who is now in junior college. But Gray had the spotlight to himself as a senior, and the two-way star put together his own personal highlight reel.

Here is a look at his career numbers:

Year     Carries Yards  AVG TDs Tackles Int's

Freshman   21     167  7.95   1    32     3
Sophomore 136     978  7.19  14    39     2 
Junior    144    1394  9.68  14    44     2
Senior    160    1965  12.3  21    60     6

Career    461    4504  9.77  50   175    13

Gray sports a 35-inch vertical jump, he bench presses 255 pounds, squats 415 and power cleans 250.

Carrying a 3.16 GPA and having scored 17 on the ACT, Gray projects as a full qualifier.


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