The college football recruiting process is starting earlier and earlier for many high school athletes and college coaches are having to evaluate players a lot sooner. Jake Wray is one athlete that is seeing his stock rise, but yet he is about three years away from his own National Signing Day. The offensive lineman, who hails from Franklin, Tennessee, already holds a very impressive offer list. Wray's list of suitors includes the likes of: Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, LSU, Georgia, Miami, UCLA, Tennessee, Texas and more recently Florida.
"I'm handling it [the attention] pretty well. I just go with the flow," said the Franklin High offensive lineman.
UF was one of the most recent programs to pull the trigger.
"It was amazing and very unexpected," said Wray about his new Gators offer. "I am very happy."
Wray admits, however, that he needs research Florida a bit before making his opinion known about the program.
"I don't know too much about the program, but I'm excited to start learning."
At this time, his first contact with the University was through Gators offensive line coach, Brad Davis - who extended the offer this week. According to Wray, Davis made a great first impression.
"Very straight forward; I like that," he said about coach Davis. "He was saying he was excited to build a relationship with me, and I can tell he loves his job."
Florida has yet to stop by Wray's school this spring, but other schools have already stopped by during the evaluation period.
Wray has a long time before having to narrow down his list or even think about making a decision, however, he already has begun to create a mental check list of what he wants in a school.
Looking at the "coaching staff, the environment, education, and what is like playing for the coaches."
It also helps that his older brother, 2018 Scout 100 offensive lineman Max Wray, has been going through the recruiting process the last few years. Wray, who decommitted from Georgia and is now committed to Ohio State, often visited programs and was accompanied by his brother, Jake. However, don't expect Jake Wray to automatically follow his brother's footsteps since one of the biggest advice the younger Wray is listening to is to "just be you no matter what." It's safe to say Jake Wray is hoping to create his own path. But for right now, he is focused on working on his trade.
"Just getting stronger and working on being a great teammate and working on my craft."
Wray has no set visit plans as of yet, but he did mention a possible trip to Gainesville to see Florida in June.