Iowa Likes Gray

Iowa jumped in with an early scholarship offer for Texas wide receiver Garrett Gray. The Marble Falls High product likes the Hawkeyes but is taking things slowly with his recruitment.

Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz prefers that his coordinators focus on his current team and let the other assistants carry most of the recruiting load. Greg Davis and Phil Parker do contribute to the cause, however.

Davis dipped into his native Texas for 2013 quarterback, Nic Shimonek, from Corsicana Mildred High. The offensive coach took a personal interest in the signal caller and led the way on his recruitment.

Davis has set his sights on a wide receiver from the Lone Star State in '14. Marble Falls junior Garrett Gray picked up an Iowa scholarship offer just before Christmas, his first one from a Division I school.

"I've talked to Greg Davis multiple times," the 6-foot-4, 205-pound Gray said. "I really like him. They send me a lot of letters really and they try to stay in contact."

Scout.com classifies Gray as a tight end and he has the size to play that position. He said he is being recruited by Iowa and others as a wide receiver, however.

"I'm a guy that can stretch the field," Gray said. "I can make big plays. I can go up and get it but I can also put a move on and use my speed."

Gray enjoyed a game this season that saw him roll up 293 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He finished his junior season with 1,226 yards and 18 scores for a team that did not reach the playoffs.

Gray reports scholarship offers from Iowa, Minnesota, Rice, Tulsa, Houston, California and Oregon State. He is hearing from Texas Tech, Texas and Texas A&M, he said, and has visited the latter two.

"Tech seems pretty interested," Gray said. "I think they're about to offer me. UT is pretty interested, too. They said just to be patient. A&M said the same thing. I'm not really sure where I stand. They all expressed interest."

Gray is taking his time with the recruiting process. He plans to attend a few combines this spring if his injured hamstring is feeling up to it. He also wants to stop at some team camps during the summer.

"I'm just definitely taking it as it comes," Gray said. "I'm probably going to set up some official visits for my senior year. I'll probably come up with a Top 3 and then takes visits to them and probably have my decision after that."

Gray said he wants a program that throws the ball frequently and a school that is strong in his desired major of business. Distance from home is not a factor, he said. As a result, the Hawkeyes appear to be in a good position with the Texas standout.

"(Davis) said that they really like me and he thinks I would be a great fit at Iowa," Gray said. "He wants to get me up there sometime to take a tour and show me what Iowa is all about. I'm looking forward to it."

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