Tony Gray is a wanted man. The four-star offensive lineman has several schools after him. Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Florida, NC State, Miami and Ohio State are all in the race to land the top 2017 prospect.
"It's a blessing," Gray said.
The No. 24 tackle on Scout has visited several schools already in 2016, including: Alabama, Auburn and Georgia, however, on Wednesday, Gray added one more school to the list, Florida.
"My visit was great," he said after leaving The Swamp. "For my first time [in Gainesville] my visit was great. It was a great vibe from everybody down there, the staff."
Gray visited Florida along with his mom, stepdad and cousin.
"I got to see the campus," he said. "I went to the field, and I saw the stadium, everything."
The 6-foot-5, 284-pounder out of Lawrenceville (Ga.) Central Gwinnett not only received a tour, but he was able to speak with the staff face to face.
"I really talked to the whole staff basically. I had a great connection with everybody down there," he said. "They like to enforce what they want to have done and thats a type of coaching staff I want to be around.
"You have to be a hard worker and you got to grind and want it [at Florida]," he added,
However, it was his talk with head coach Jim McElwain that provided him with the best insight into the Gators.
"He [McElwain] was basically saying what will go on if I were to come down there," explained Gray, "and then I asked him what I needed to work on. He kept it real like that. It was a great feeling to get a feedback from someone that has coached in the next level. I need to learn from someone like that."
The Scout 300 lineman left with a great impression of what Florida is building in Gainesville, "I will be back soon."
Gray is also set to visit Miami soon.
"At the end of the day I am basically looking for a home and what fits me and my family," he said. "Everyone is equal. I haven't sat down and looked at that...Everybody is recruiting me hard."
Gray is not near a decision and hopes to take his time.null