Jonas Gray is from Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day School and is Scout.com's No. 10-ranked running back. In only seven games during his junior campaign, Gray gained more than 1,200 yards, scoring 19 touchdowns. During his sophomore season, he ran for nearly 800 yards and 15 touchdowns. At 5-11, 214-pounds, most people view Gray as one of the premier power backs in the nation, but he is quick to say that he has run as low as 4.40.
Gray carries a 3.0 GPA while playing three varsity sports, including football, track and basketball and attends one of the toughest academic schools in the nation.
What attracted you to Nebraska?
"I took everything into consideration. The facilities, the great college football atmosphere and the personalities of the coaching staff are what ultimately sold me on the program. I think the tradition of excellence on and off the field is something that I took very seriously. They have had 63 academic All-Americans and that is tops among major college programs and multiple National Championships. They have had a history of great running backs like Roger Craig, Mike Rozier, Johnny Rogers, Ahman Green and the list goes on and on. To be able to be coached by a person like coach Callahan a person who has coached in so many big games it is going to be a great experience for me. Once you look at the type of recruiting class that they are putting together this year, it is going to be the best offensive class in the nation. Nebraska has Marlon Lucky and Cody Glenn and those guys are great backs but in that type of offense they use three running backs so I will have a chance to come in work hard and see the field my first year."
What else attracted you to Nebraska?
"Another thing that attracted me to Nebraska was the academic support that they have for the players. When I graduate from college, I want to go to law school. I will major in English but will go into politics. I will most likely be able to do my internship with a former Nebraska graduate and senator, and even if that does not work out, I will do it with a local law firm in town. It was the perfect fit for me with the blend of athletics and academics."
How does mom feel about this decision?
"She loved it. My mom came with me to see the area and facilities. It is far away from home but I made a promise to her that I will work as hard as I possibly can and we will play on national television just about every week. I think she is glad that the phone calls will stop moving forward, but the process has been great for us and we met a lot of wonderful coaches and people along the way. Now it is time to focus on practice and my senior season. I am ready to put all my attention on my last year of high school and who knows maybe break some state records a long the way."