Tallahassee's Ray down to three

Wide-out Melvin Ray of Tallahassee, Fla., is still stuck between three teams- LSU, Florida and his hometown team of Florida State.

Ray hasn't been going to camps at all this summer, but has stayed busy in the weight room, training with his teammates and coaches.

"I talked with coach Henson about a week ago and we just basically talked about recruiting and how close I'm getting with narrowing it down," said Ray. "The three teams I have are LSU, Florida State and Florida. I think the thing they all have in common is that they all have an excellent passing attack."

Ray said that he also liked how each team had their own style of attack.

"Florida State likes to hit you with the big play and really go for it," said Ray. "Florida will spread you out with their four-receiver sets. They'll hit those shorter routes. LSU just speaks for itself the way they mix in the pass real well. I think at all three they use their receivers well."

Ever the competitor, Ray said he has no worries about the depth chart.

"I am going to go in there and compete no matter what," said Ray. "So depth chart was never something that I considered. It happens to work out that by the time I get there, all three schools will be in need of receivers. All of the schools' coaches are telling me I can get in there and play off the bat."

Ray's wants to make his decision as quickly as possible.

"I am taking my official visit to LSU first, then I should know where I want to go," said Ray, who has visited Florida three times and Florida State numerous times. "I want to make my decision and move on so I can enjoy the rest of my senior year. I definitely want to make it to an LSU game in Tiger Stadium."

LSU has had some help recruiting in former LSU lineman Brian Johnson who has talked to Ray about what it's like to play at LSU.

"I'm sure any guy who graduates from a certain school is going to be supportive of that school, but where he says LSU differs from any other is the support that LSU football receives from the city and surrounding areas," said Ray. "He said they are all about Tiger football. At any point in the game you can just feel the crowd and it's just a great place to play."

Note: 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.

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