RB Jonas Gray hopes to visit Louisville

Jonas Gray, a 5'11, 215-pound running back from Detroit (Mich.) Country Day, is quickly assembling an impressive list of scholarship offers. InsideTheVille.com spoke with the four-star prospect and has the latest...

Detroit (Mich.) Country Day's Jonas Gray is quickly becoming one of the more sought after running backs in the nation and he's collecting the scholarship offers to prove it.

Colorado, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan State, Minnesota, Tennessee and Wisconsin are among those that have extended scholarship offers to the 5-foot-11, 215-pound power back.

"Right now I like it," Gray said of the recruiting process. "A lot of people say that it can become overwhelming, but it's not for me right now."

In seven games during his junior season Jonas rushed for 1,252 yards and 19 touchdowns. In nine games as a sophomore, Gray ran for 797 yards and 15 touchdowns.

"He runs with power and has good speed," said Jamie Newberg, Scout.com's National Recruiting Analyst. "Gray is most dangerous between the tackles, hits the hole hard and finishes each run well. He possesses good vision and balance and excels as a downhill runner. Gray has all the attributes to be an outstanding back at the next level."

Gray hopes to begin trimming his list of schools down to seven - five official visits, plus two in-state schools - this summer.

"That's going to be very difficult," Gray said. "It's difficult because of all the schools, especially the ones that wanted me early. While better opportunities have come along, it would still be difficult to tell them no."

One program hoping to never hear Gary say no, is Louisville. The Cardinals offered about a week and will likely get a visit from the Scout.com four-star back in the future.

"I know that Louisville's a good program," said Gray, who stays in frequent contact with U of L running backs coach Tony Alford. "They have a great system for running backs and a great offense. I know that Matt Simms will be the quarterback after Brian Brohm and that they have a great tradition going with quarterbacks."

Gray, who hopes to visit Colorado and Michigan during the coming weeks, has intentions of making a trip to the Derby City in the future.

"I'm definitely going to try to go to Louisville for a visit," Gray said. "That's a trip that I really want to make."

While his list of schools to choose from will continue to grow before it gets smaller, Gray is already thinking of when to make his college choice known.

"I'm going to try to do it before the season is over," Gray said. "If I make the U.S. Army All-American game, then I'll do it there."

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