"It went very well," Gray told InsideTheVille.com Monday. "I loved my visit to Louisville – I loved everything about it. I got to look around the campus, learn about the academics, and talk to some of the players and the strength and conditioning staff. I really got a good feel for what Louisville's all about. It was definitely a great visit."
Gray said he spent the day in Louisville getting familiar with what the school and the football program have to offer. He also talked with Steve Kragthorpe and running back coach Tony Alford about how he'd fit into the U of L offense.
"I talked to the coaches," Gray said. "They said they are missing a guy in their offense who can pound the ball and take it the distance in one play. They said they are missing that explosiveness in the offense and think I could do that for them."
Besides visiting Louisville, Gray has also made an unofficial visit to Michigan State this summer. This week, he'll trip to Nebraska before making unofficial to both Minnesota and Michigan in late August.
Gray, Scout.com's No. 10-rated running back in the nation, also said he's scheduled three official visits – Nebraska (Sept. 14), Louisville (Sept. 22) and Minnesota (Sept. 28), and said he'll likely visit Michigan State first (Sept. 1). Michigan, Florida, Colorado, Wisconsin and Notre Dame are possibilities for Gray's fifth visit.
"I think Michigan State is definitely my favorite right now, but that's a slight lead," said Gray. "It's a tie for second between Minnesota, Nebraska and Louisville."
Why is Michigan State currently in the lead?
"I have a great relationship with the coaching staff," he said. "They were the first school to offer me and they have really recruited me well. I have the best feel for them."
Tino Sunseri, a Louisville quarterback commit, has been working on Gray for the Cardinals. After verbally committing to the Cardinals in the spring, Sunseri found Gray through "Facebook" and initiated contact with the talented running back.
"I talk to him a lot," Gray said. "He has a lot of confidence and I like that in a quarterback. I like him a lot. He tells me, ‘Let's be the next Derby City Duo – the next Brian Brohm and Michael Bush.' He tells me that Louisville would be a good fit for me."