Arthur Ray, a 6-foot-3, 305-pound offensive lineman from Chicago Mt. Carmel high school gave his verbal commitment to Boston College over as many as twelve competing schools, but when O'Brian left for North Carolina State, that re-opened Ray's recruitment.
The big man saw his stock soar following a Scout.com combine in Iowa when he dominated the one-on-one segment and had people comparing him to former Eagles offensive lineman Damien Woody.
"I was dominant in the one-on-ones at the combine," Ray said of his performance. "Iowa State offered that following Monday. A lot of schools noticed me in the one-on-ones."
Ray said Coach Dantonio's staff really opened his eyes when the Cincinnati Bearcats knocked off Rutgers and ruined their chances at an undefeated season.
"They told me they liked my style of play, they like big athletic, agressive offensive linemen and I fit that mold perfectly."
Ray said that he watched the bowl games and was impressed with the Big Ten's performance, "The Big Ten did real good, except, for what, Ohio State?" laughed Ray. He added that the long layoff likely hurt the Buckeyes chances. "Big Ten football is always up there with me especially being from the Midwest."
"I'm looking for some school that's pretty up there in my major, I want to major in computer science and they have a good program."
Ray will be hosted by fellow Chicagoan Roland Martin who Ray says he used to watch play when he was in high school.
Can MSU coax a commitment out of one of the Midwest's top line prospects? "There's a chance, but I'm probably going to at least visit my coaches at BC. I was committed to them," said Ray who said a trip to Chestnut Hill will likely be his last visit before deciding. Stay with GSN for a commitment tally following this weekend's visits.