The Hurricanes landed a commitment from wide receiver Trayon Gray following their camp this past weekend. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.
What to Like: Trayon Gray
was invited to Miami
's camp this past weekend. He attended and made the most of it -- the Hurricanes offered him after the event. He committed right away. The first thing that jumps out at you about Gray is his overall versatility and athleticism. He played mostly wide receiver on the field as a junior last season. He's been working out at quarterback in recent months since that's where he's projected to play for Aubrey Hill's Carol City Chiefs this fall. And Gray can also play in the secondary, where he got some reps at this past weekend. At 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, Gray already has ideal size for an outside receiver at the college level. He plays a physical game, and that will help him make a lot of plays over the middle and make some tough catches in traffic. He'll block and, despite playing quarterback this coming season, will likely learn a lot about the wide receiver position while playing for Hill (former UM coach) this coming season. Like I mentioned earlier, he could end up playing on the defensive side of the ball if things don't work out on offense between now and the time he starts at Miami.
What may concern you: The 4.66 speed is solid for a kid his size but he won't run by a whole lot of people. He likely won't ever be much of a down-the-field threat. Instead, he'll be more like a possession receiver who can block, make the tough catches in traffic, and help move the chains. Up until now, his best position has been wide receiver. And he wasn't even among the team's top two pass-catchers last season, finishing with 14 catches for 222 yards and one touchdown. If he ends up playing quarterback his entire senior season, he will never have been a real impact player at the position he'll likely play at Miami. And despite playing at one of the top schools in the Miami area and one that gets heavily recruited, Gray did not have any other BCS scholarship offers.
Bottom Line: Gray has ideal size, excellent versatility, above average speed and athletic ability, and limited production at the high school level. The fact that Miami offered him following their camp likely indicates that he brings to the table a lot of the intangible qualities -- toughness, competitiveness, coachability, etc. Gray was recruited like a two-star player, and this is a situation where Miami's coaches will have to nail their evaluation since he doesn't seem too highly thought of by other major college programs.