Gray Falls in Love with Iowa; Commits

The Iowa Hawkeyes received a verbal commitment from Michigan linebacker Austin Gray on Monday. Gray becomes the second known commitment in Iowa's Class of 2010. Gray was in Iowa City this past weekend, and he arrived on campus with offers from Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State, Pitt and Indiana, to name a few. HawkeyeNation.com caught up with Gray shortly after his commitment.

The Iowa Hawkeyes received a verbal commitment from Michigan linebacker Austin Gray on Monday. Gray becomes the second known commitment in Iowa's Class of 2010.

Gray was in Iowa City this past weekend, and he arrived on campus with offers from Illinois, Purdue, Michigan State, Pitt and Indiana, to name a few. He is currently rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, and the 11th best inside linebacker in the nation.

HawkeyeNation.com caught up with Gray shortly after his commitment.

Q: What led you to commit to Iowa this early in the recruiting process?

Austin Gray: I fell in love with Iowa football, the people the way campus is set up, everything. I would have to say that the coaching staff...I have never, in all the schools i have been to, I have never felt as comfortable as I did in the offices of the Iowa coaching staff, listening to what they had to say. That is really what got me.

Q: When you think back to when you first started hearing from schools and you got those first offers, are you surprised that here you are in early April and you have found a school where you felt comfortable enough to commit to?

Gray: I never wanted to try and get out. I am not in it for the attention. I am student athlete. I am a football player. I just wanted to find my school and find my fit. It goes back to the people. That coaching staff is by far the most similar to what I have here. I can say that. The atmosphere at practice, it's laid back and you can joke, but when they blow that whistle they knew it was time to work. The coaches were not going to dog you out, but it wasn't lackadaisical. it's a good program. We run our program the same way and that is why I felt comfortable with the way the players and coaching interacted with each other.

Q: What linebacker position have you and Iowa talked about your playing at the next level?

Gray: They recruited me as a Mike linebacker, a middle linebacker. That is what I committed as, and there hasn't been any talk of any other positions.

Q: Have you been to any games in Kinnick?

Gray: I couldn't make it to any games last year, but I plan to get out there for a couple this fall.

Q: For Iowa fans that are not familiar with your style of play are there any college or pro players that you try to emulate?

Gray: I never really grew up a big fan of football; I sort of found it on my own. But the honest to god truth, Pat Angerer, he is intense and he brings the heat and fire. That is kind of how I like to play. I like to be physical and come down hill. I didn't' get a chance to talk with him. I was in the linebacker meeting and I sat right behind him, but he was paying attention to the meeting. I was walking around with the coaches most of the time at practices, but I definitely want to do that the next time I am down there.

CLICK HERE to access all of the recent stories on Gray from the Scout.com network, in addition to his highlight videos from his junior and senior seasons.


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