Missouri Tiger fans still remember former DE standout Wendall "Sting" Ray from his days along the defensive line wearing the Black & Gold in the late ‘70's.WendalL went on to play briefly in the NFL and then the USFL.
Now Wendall's son, Shane Ray 6'4" 225 4.7 forty Bishop Miege HS, is looking to make a name for himself and is considering the Tigers among his schools of choice.
Shane will be attending Missouri's junior day this coming Saturday and ShowMeMizzou.com caught up with him to get his thoughts on the Tigers and his recruitment overall.
" I am going to Columbia for junior day this weekend and I am really looking forward to it." said Ray. "I was invited to Oklahoma State's junior day, which is on the same day, but I decided on Missouri as the place to go."
I asked Shane if having a father who was a standout at Missouri would help or hurt the Tigers chances.
"It works both ways."Ray said. " I am a Missouri fan and grew up that way. It rubbed off on me. Obviously it's great that my Dad was successful there. I just want to make a name for myself and be known for being Shane Ray, and not Wendall's son playing at Mizzou. So we'll see."
Besides the Tigers, Ray has been getting recruited early by a wide range of schools.
" I am hearing from Notre Dame,Mizzou, Kansas,Kansas St.,Wisconsin, Oklahoma,Nebraska,Oklahoma St.,Alabama,UCLA, Miami and Clemson. I would love to hear from LSU and USC."
Which schools are recruiting him the hardest at the moment?
"I would say Notre Dame and Nebraska right now. I hear from them the most."
Ray was named 2nd team All-State and 1st team All-Conference after recording 131 tackles, 15 sacks, 29 tackles for loss,4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries in 2009. You can see his ability to cause havoc in opponents backfields in his video here
He also impressed scouts during his recent stop at the US Army combine. I asked about the experience.
" I loved it. It was great. I love competition, so it was great ot be able to line up and go against some of the best offensive lineman across the country and show what I could being from the Midwest."
Besides being an outstanding football prospect, Shane has good head on his shoulders and it showed when he talked about his future and what criteria he was looking for in a college destination.
"Football is great, but academics are the key. I want to go to a college that obviously has a good program, but there is life after football, so I want to know that I will be successful and get my degree. I want to major in either broadcast journalism or graphic design. I haven't decided yet. So I want to go to a school that will help me the to achieve that goal."
Shane, who reports having a 315lbs bench press and 405lbs squat, will not be coming to Missouri's junior day along. He will be bringing massive Bishop Miege teammate and offensive tackle Phil Ford 6'5" 330lbs along with him.
"Big Phil will be going to junior day with me to check out Missouri." said Ray.
ShowMeMizzou.com will be following up with junior day attendees next week.