Gray has ASU on his short list

Given the numerous 2014 in-state elite recruits occupying the headlines and being located off the beaten recruiting path, it would be easy to overlook J.T. Gray. Yet, several schools have already taken notice of the Coolidge (Ariz.) defensive back including the hometown Sun Devils. Consequently, Gray has been very receptive to ASU's recruiting efforts.

"Things are going well with Arizona State," Gray said. "I'm being recruited by Coach Mike Norvell. I've been to their campus and I like the players and the coaches there. I like how their defense plays and how they use their DB's for different coverages and how they put them all over the field.

"When I talk the players there, they tell me how much the coaches take care of them. They don't only want them to be good football players but they also want them to get their education and graduate."

The 6-0 185-pound J.T. Gray had 60 carries for 914 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior, and posted 112 tackles and two interceptions from his safety spot in that same year. He said that he prefers to be recruited on defense and added that the Sun Devil staff value his attributes at that role.

"The coaches like how I fly around the field and make big hits," Gray described. "They also like how I'm a ball hawk too. I try to play a lot like (Houston Texans' safety) Ed Reed."

Gray, who moved to Coolidge just last year, was born and raised in Mississippi, and both SEC schools from that state have been keeping track of him and offered him as well. Aside from Ole Miss and Mississippi State, Gray has been offered by ASU, Arizona, Washington, Cincinnati, California, Colorado, Iowa State, Oregon State and Utah.

The Coolidge standout that three schools right now rank above the rest: "Arizona State, Mississippi State and Washington," he stated. "I don't yet if I want to play back where I grew up or closer to home. I'm pretty open."

Gray commented that he plans to take more unofficial visits to Tempe and could attend one of ASU's upcoming team camps. "I think I'm going to visit Mississippi State too," he noted.

The defensive back anticipated announcing his commitment after his senior season, and will be looking at a couple of factors to help him make his decision.

"I want to play as soon as possible," Gray remarked, "and I want to major in Sports Medicine."

J.T. Gray's junior season highlights


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