“I picked Duke because, location wise, my family lives in North Carolina so it’s a lot closer so they don’t have t fly every Thursday to get to a Friday game, and the coaches were all amazing when I visited. I also really liked the campus.”
Gray committed on June 13th after being offered by Cutcliffe on a phone call.
“I called him to ask some questions about the program and he offered over the phone. When I decided to commit the coaches were just as excited as I was. I first called Coach Bridge, the tight ends coach to let him know.”
Currently Gray plays quarterback for his high school team, but projects move to tight end for Duke next year. And so there’s going to be a learning curve, though he’s familiar with the demands of the new role through the eyes of a signal caller.
“I think from a quarterback standpoint I know where I want the personnel on the field around me to go and do, so when I move to tight end I think of where I would need myself to be when doing things. I know I will definitely need to learn how to block well and where to line up.”
Last season the 6-foot-4, 225 pound Gray passed for 1,679 yards and 21 touchdowns while rushing 60 times for 436 yards and six touchdowns.
Gray says he considers himself a hard commitment and doesn’t anticipate re-opening the recruiting process.