Doubt can often be the catalyst for increased performance…the motivating factor that leads to higher levels of achievement. For Detroit Country Day tailback Jonas Gray, doubt may have given him all of the edge necessary to turn in an unexpected performance that surprised almost everyone in attendance.
Always a youngster that looked physically impressive, Gray was set to prove that there was substance behind the appearance, particularly as it relates to speed. He wanted to erase that as a question mark…and boy did he ever. Upon arriving at Oosterbaan Fieldhouse he lined up for his forty yard dash and raced across the yard markers in a blazing time of 4.44. A time that fast immediately raised he eyebrows of onlookers and had many wondering if the clock malfunctioned. To alleviate any further doubt, the 5-11, 215-pounder wowed onlookers with an even faster time… this time covering 40 yards in 4.37 seconds. He followed that up by showing good quickness and change of direction in drills. In all, he displayed the type of athleticism that could be effective at a number of positions, and that versatility was apparently all the Michigan coaching staff needed to see to tender an offer as an athlete.
“I talked to Coach Moeller and he said that he heard that I did a phenomenal job out there and that he heard nothing but good things from the coaches all day,” Gray recalled. “They came over and told me that Coach Carr wanted to talk to me later, so after the second session I went up there and talked to him. He was saying that they wanted me there and that Michigan would be a great place for me. He reiterated the fact that they wanted me there and that it would be a great situation for me. He asked me what I wanted to major in, and he told me probably English. He said with english I could do anything, so that’s perfect. He majored in English too.
So the question now is, now that the Wolverines have offered, where do they fit in on Gray’s list.
“Michigan is definitely in the mix,” he said. “I wouldn’t be able to say right now where they fit. I don’t know who is one, two, three, or four right now because I don’t have any open leaders. I’m just trying to think about a little bit longer, talk with my family about what’s going on, do some more research, and see what is going on from there.”
With the Michigan camp now behind him, Gray plans to hit a few more college campuses over the next few weeks. From there he will determine whether he will make his decision early or late.
“It depends,” Gray said. “If I feel like I can make a decision without taking officials and I’m able to visit the schools I want to in the summer, then I could easily make a decision before the season starts. If I don’t visit all of my schools in the summer then I’m definitely going to take my officials first and make a decision probably in October.”
“Next I going to Ohio State Friday,” he continued. “I was really supposed to go to Michigan State, but I got my dates mixed up. I’ve already paid for Ohio State so I’m going to go there, and then I’ll go to Michigan State either Wednesday or Thursday if it doesn’t conflict with my workouts. If there is a conflict, then I’ll go Saturday.”
GoBlueWolverine have more on Gray in the coming weeks.