Grayson discusses recruitment

Lexington (NC) running back Marquez Grayson was riding high in the spring with eight scholarship offers (five from ACC schools and two from SEC schools). After he sustained an ankle injury in the second game of the season, however, the recruiting process has slowed considerable for Grayson. One school has stayed with him throughout and could very well benefit from that come Signing Day.

"I haven't been talking to anyone except Wake Forest," Marquez Grayson said. "When they first started recruiting me I was talking with Coach Galloway. Now I mostly talk with Coach Knorr and a little bit with Coach Mitchell. I have a good relationship with Coach Knorr. He's a great guy. He came to visit a couple of weeks ago and we talked about the opportunity I would have at Wake Forest. Hopefully I can schedule an official visit. We'll see how it goes."

Grayson, 6-foot-1, 195-pounds, had back-to-back 1000 yard rushing seasons as a sophomore and junior. He suffered a high ankle sprain in the North Stanly game which kept him out the next five.

"When I came back I was somewhere between 90 and 95-percent," Grayson stated. "I did pretty well averaging 160 yards per game in the last four, but we didn't make the playoffs for a second straight season.

"I've been doing lifting and running. Just doing what the physical therapist tells me to do. I'm hoping to come back and run track in the spring."

In his first game back from injury, Grayson rushed for 155 yards to help the Yellow Jackets to their third win of the season. He followed up that effort with 167 yards against Salisbury, 163 yards against Central Davidson, and 164 yards in the season finale against Thomasville. Although the season didn't play out the way Grayson anticipated, he showed the heart and the potential he has in those last four games. Now he has to find the right place to prove himself again at the college level.

"Education will be my number one factor. Second, I really don't want to go too far away from home. Third, is my relationship with the running backs coach. I want to have a tight bond with him. We play in a pro-style offense here at Lexington. I've mastered some things about that offense and would like to play in a similar offense in college.

"At Wake Forest I think it's a favorable depth chart for me to get some early playing time. I like that Coach Grobe has been there awhile. Also, I like Coach (Billy) Mitchell. I think he's a [running back] coach capable of developing my game. The education is excellent and it's close to home. I've been there about four or five times this season."

Grayson was in attendance for Wake Forest final game of the 2012 season against Vanderbilt. The question Demon Deacon fans may be asking is 'will he be there for the first game of the 2013 season in uniform?'. The answer, for now, is 'likely'.

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