Wray Has a Leader

The Minnesota Gophers coaching staff have made the most out of the spring evaluation period and one of the states that attracted their attention was North Carolina. Shelby High (N.C.) dynamic pass-rusher Carlos Wray recently picked up an offer after the staff came through. GoldenSports.net was able to speak with him about his latest offer.

"The Minnesota offer really caught me by surprise," Wray said. "For one it's a long way away and two how small Shelby is I didn't expect them to come through here."

They came through here about two or three weeks into May and their defensive coordinator came through and he was impressed with me. He like the way I rushed the passer and I liked everything I heard about Minnesota. Then later on I talked to Coach Zebrowski and he told me they offered."

Wray has a few factors he will be looking for in a potential school. "Tradition—the school has to have some kind of tradition," he said. "I would like to know that the program has been stable for a few years.

"I also want to be able to get along with the coaches, not even the head coach but the position coaches. Finally I really want a school with a good graduation rate that will help me after college and after football."

Wray currently holds offers from Duke, Wake Forest, Minnesota, Ball State, VMI and Gardner Webb. One of those schools currently stands out above the rest.

"Right now Duke is pretty much the leader for me right now," he said. "I loved everything that I got to see when I went there. Who's to say that Minnesota can't jump up there or Wake Forest can't jump up there? I just have to take my visits and see how it all goes."

Wray said that he would like to take one of his official visits sometime this fall and that one of his high school coaches offered to come with him if needed.

The 6-foot-2, 246-pounder is in no rush to make a decision. Wray said he would like to wait until after the high school championship game is played. He plans on taking the Golden Lions to the championship game and then after that will decide on where he will attend college.

With only one season of high school football left, Wray has been working hard this spring to make sure it's his best. "I plan on getting faster and stronger and increasing my abilities to the best that I can. It's my last season—this is it for high school and getting colleges to look at me."

Wray explained what he brings as a player to the football field. "Emotional—I'm a very emotional player," he said. "I'm also a very passionate player, playing the game with great passion. I look up to Ray Lewis, he's probably my favorite player out of everybody in the NFL."

Wray said he also plans on attending camps at Tennessee tomorrow, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Virginia.

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