Huskers offer top Texas RB

The recruiting game can get complicated when you are looking for that first offer or you have just so many to choose from. That is where this Texas running back seems to find himself already and it's only March. He is up to 20+ offers and is receiving about one to two a week from all over the nation.

At 5-foot-10.5 and 181 pounds, Cyrus Gray is lightning in a bottle on the football field. He has been staying busy since football ended with workouts and track.

"I am still lifting with them and running spring track," Gray said. "We don't start spring practice until late April."

"I am running the 4x100, 4x200 and the 100m. I was running the second leg in the 4x100, but I am moving back to anchor."

Gray's latest 100m time is a big indicator as to why he is so feared on the football field. He has the speed that few can match, not only in the state of Texas, but in the nation.

"On Saturday I ran a 10.43 in the 100m. It was very exciting since I hadn't ran the 100m since my sophomore year. That is the third fastest in the state right now."

Since the end of the season last year Gray has been working on his strength and wanted to really emerge as a leader for his team. He is hoping to lead De Soto (Texas) to a state title.

"Right now I am working on trying to get stronger and being a better leader for my team. I am just competing because I want to try and win state this year. I only have one more year to do it."

Recruiting is off to a frantic pace for Gray. He is literally receiving new offers every week. He is up to about 20 offers and did his best to name them off.

"Recruiting is going good. I am receiving an offer or two a week. I am a little over 20 offers right now. Most of them are Texas Tech, Texas A&M, SMU, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Miami, Nebraska, LSU, Louisville, just got one from Minnesota and some others."

Despite having the 20 or so offers, Gray hasn't narrowed things down at all. He knows that time will come soon enough and he will work with his coach to get to a shorter list.

"No, I don't have any leaders. I am looking at all of them right now. My coach wanted me to start work on narrowing things down towards the end of school or in the spring."

Gray has seen a few of the in-state schools, but hasn't seen any schools beyond that. He has a couple of out of state school plans, but that will have to be later this summer.

"I have been to Texas, Texas A&M and SMU. I haven't made any out of state trips yet because usually when their junior day is there is a track meet or something."

"I don't have a list of out of state schools. I won't think about who I am going to visit until I trim my list to a top five or top ten. I know that I will go to Notre Dame and Miami this summer."

Gray said that while he has tremendous speed and not a lot of on the field weaknesses that he still thinks his biggest strength is his leadership ability. He isn't a big verbal guy and does most of the talking through his actions.

"It's probably going to be my leadership skills. I don't talk a whole lot. I try and lead by example. Also, my speed and my ability to dodge tackles and have power on the field. I really don't have a lot of weaknesses."

Last season, Gray had 220 carries for 1,510 yards and 31 rushing touchdowns. He added 38 receptions for 428 yards and two touchdowns. With those kinds of numbers he earned some very nice honors.

"I picked up all-district, all-area, all-5A, all-junior selection and all-state 5A with second team as a punt returner and third team as a running back."

When Gray will sit down to trim the list he will be looking at some key things in his decision. The key item will be his education and the type of program they have for his major.

"First of all it will be academics. That is the main thing. Next is the atmosphere. Also, just checking to see if they are very active in my major and what I want to do in life. I will look at the program and the coaching staff."

Gray picked up a Nebraska offer just about a week ago. Like so many of the other offers he has received, he hadn't spoken to anyone about the offer before getting it. That typically leads to a good relationship though between him and the school.

"Sometimes I just get an offer and I don't get any contact from the coaches or the team that offer me. It sometimes comes out of the blue and then I build a relationship with them."

"Nebraska offered me about a week or so ago and I haven't had a chance to talk with them. They are a great school and you think about them having great running backs and great offensive lines at Nebraska. I know that they have good coaches too."

Check out these highlights of Cyrus Gray in action during his junior season.

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