Raven Gray Off to Strong Juco Start

A football recruiting report is featured on defensive end Raven Gray.

Wesson, Miss.--Raven Gray, one of the top high school senior prospects in the state of Alabama last season, signed with Auburn, but failed to meet eligibility requirements.

Gray left Enterprise High School early and enrolled at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in an effort to qualify academically and is off to a good start in both the classroom and on the football field.

"My grades are coming along fine," Gray says. "I'm taking a few classes like college algebra and a health class. I don't really get into my tough classes until next semester. I plan on graduating next December (2007)."

Gray was a sign-to-place prospect for the Tigers.

Gray signed with the Tigers as a 6-4, 256-pound defensive end who made 62 tackles with 10 sacks last fall. He was a first team Class 6A All-State selection and ranked as the number five prospect in the state by Scout.com. He also saw some duty on offense at tight end and caught 12 passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns.

On the field this season against junior college competition, Gray has seven quarterback sacks, 14 more hits on the QB, 15 solo tackles with four for a loss, seven assists, one caused fumble and one fumble recovery through six games.

Despite having shoulder surgery early in the summer, Gray is back to full speed and enjoying the new techniques taught by the coaching staff at Co-Lin. "The defensive coordinator taught me how to sink-the-rip more to get past people," he says. "I use ball get-off…ball get-off is the key to everything."

When asked to compare high school football to junior college, Gray says there's not much difference. "It's the same to me. I feel like no one can stop me. They have to run the ball on the other side. If they pass one-on-one then they have to cut me to the inside."

Raven Gray is shown in action for Co-Lin.

Gray says most plays are run to the other side and adds, "I'm going to keep them running away from me every time."

Co-Lin improved to 4–2 on the season after a home overtime win against Hinds Community College last Thursday. Co-Lin's next game is Saturday at home against East Mississippi. Kickoff is at 5 p.m. CDT in Wesson.

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