Gray Recaps MSU Official

Over the weekend, NJCAA Region 23 player of the year, Donald Gray, took the only official visit he plans to take. The Co-Lin superstar spent two nights in Starkville to learn more about his future as a Mississippi State Bulldog.

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"The visit went really good," said Gray. "Everything went really good. I had a good time up there and I get to see a couple of practices. It was good to be around everybody and see them getting ready for the Orange Bowl."

Gray was able to spend some time with his visit host, Will Redmond, a fellow Memphis, Tennessee native.

"Will showed me around and answered my questions," said Gray. "He was cool and since we're from the same place, we had a lot to talk about. He told me about what to expect when I get up there and how hard you have to work.

"I know it's going to be a big adjustment for me going from junior college to the SEC, but I am ready for the challenge.

"Will told me that it gets tough some times and that they workouts are hard. He said that you just have to be strong mentally and you can make it through all of it. He said you have to work hard to be tougher and to always have your mind right."

Mississippi State will see #4 Jameon Lewis in the slot for the final time when the Bulldogs take on Georgia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Gray is preparing to come in and compete for that starting spot.

"I know that there are some opportunities for me to get on the field and make a contribution, but nothing is going to be given to me," said Gray. "I know I am going to have to work for everything, because I am not the only receiver trying to play the slot or returning kicks and punts.

"I am going to have to go out there and win a spot. Nobody is going to give me anything."

The four star talent reports that the message of dedication and hard work was reiterated by Coach Dan Mullen during Gray's exit interview with the Bulldog head coach.

"Coach Mullen told me that he has high expectations of me and that he needs me to work hard to be ready to play," said Gray. "He told me that they will get me prepared physically, but that I have to do my part to get ready mentally.

"Coach Mullen says that I need to learn the playbook and get used to how they do things, but that most of all I need to be sure I am mentally tough and ready to work to help them win championships."

Gray will graduate from Co-Lin with his associates degree this month and enroll for the spring semester at Mississippi State in January.

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