Gray Returns Home

It has been an eventful year for Juantavius "J.T." Gray. After a year of football in Arizona and a summer filled with transfers and accusations of high school recruiting, Gray is back in Clarksdale, Mississippi eager to get back on the football field. Gray and Clarksdale will take on Cleveland High on Saturday at Ole Miss in the jamboree for both teams.

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"It has been good since I have been home," said Gray. "I left for Arizona last July and I had a good year out there.

"I am back in Mississippi now and everything has being going good."

Since his departure from the Clarksdale Wildcat roster, CHS has made a change in head coaches.

Former West Bolivar head man Henry Johnson has taken the helm at Clarksdale.

"It is great playing for Coach Johnson," said Gray. "He's a coach who has already won two rings, so he knows how to coach.

"It's been good so far and I feel like he is going to have us ready to play this year."

Gray had a breakout season last fall for Coolidge High School in Coolidge, Arizona.

The robust junior campaign thrust Gray on to the recruiting scene in a big way.

"I have 14 offers right now," said Gray. "I camped this summer at USC, Ole Miss and Washington.

"A lot of schools are still recruiting me, but the main ones right now are USC, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Washington and ASU (Arizona State).

"Right now I am wide open and everybody is even.

"I don't have a leader right now."

Gray has the ability to help on both sides of the football, but he prefers being the hammer rather than the nail when it comes to on the field collisions.

"I can play whatever, but I am expecting to play free safety or strong safety in college," said Gray. "I just like playing defense better, because you can be more physical."

Gray has not set a time frame for a decision and plans to take a wait and see approach to his college recruitment.

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