LSU is heavily in the mix with Ray 4-star wide receiver Melvin Ray recently received a visit from Les Miles at one of his practices and said that is one of the reasons LSU has made it into his top three even though he hasn't visited the school yet.

"It really means a lot to me," said Ray. "At the moment he couldn't say much, but he talked with my coach to find out more about me and stuff like that. He didn't watch me practice because he said he didn't need to. He told me they already knew everything about me that they needed to and that's why they offered me."


The 6'4", 196-pound Ray said he runs a 4.5 forty, benches 235 pounds and has a 34-inch vertical.


Last season for Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Fla., Ray recorded 507 yards on 25 catches for 20.7 yards per catch. He hauled in four touchdown grabs as well as ran three back on special teams.'s No. 79 ranked player in the country said that at this point LSU, Florida State and Florida are his top three teams, with Ole Miss and Georgia rounding out the top five.


"I think that as a big receiver I fit well into all of those offenses," said Ray. "They all work hard in the weight room to make their receivers bigger. Look at (Dwayne) Bowe. He went in at 195 and now he's in the NFL."


Ray hasn't been able to visit LSU yet, but has made it to both Florida and Florida State.


"I talked with coach (Josh) Henson about that the other day," said Ray. "He's out on the road now, but said that when he gets back we'll make arrangements for me to either come to a camp or just take a visit down there and check it out."


Ray said that after said visit, he should be very close to making a decision.


"It could happen at any minute," said Ray. "It's just going to depend on when I feel most comfortable with my decision and the school I choose."


Ray also has a connection with another potential LSU recruit, T.J. Bryant.


Both are from the Tallahassee, Fla., area and they often compete against one another. Are they making plans to attend the same college?


"Of course we'd love to be on the same team and go at each other everyday in practice," said Ray. "But, we'd also like to be able to compete against each other at a high level on a big stage. Our feelings on the matter change from day to day, but we always would like to play with each other."


Ray said that Bryant isn't as close to making a decision as he is.


"We talk about recruiting and stuff like that and he's a little more open right now," said Ray. "Some people just enjoy the recruiting process. I do too, but at the same time I want to get it at least narrowed down."

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