2013 Intro: Marquez Grayson

LEXINGTON, N.C. --- North Carolina is among the schools on the verge of offering Marquez Grayson, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound running back from Lexington High.

Scouting Report

"He's a special athlete for his size," Lexington assistant coach Kwayu Graham said. "He's a long kid – he's a 6-2 kid – and he has feet of a little guy. He has great acceleration, power, vision – all the tools you want in a running back and he's so athletic. He catches the ball well."

Prep Career

Midway through his freshman season, Grayson was promoted to the varsity squad, where he returned kickoffs. The following year, Grayson became Lexington's starting running back.

Grayson ended his junior season with 1,093 yards and 17 touchdowns on 157 rushes and 16 receptions for 215 yards and a score.

"The thing a lot of people don't realize is has had to share the carries," Graham said.


Grayson has collected scholarship offers from Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, South Carolina, NC State, Virginia, and Virginia Tech. Additionally, he believes North Carolina and Tennessee are close to offering.

Under UNC's previous coaching staff, Grayson hadn't heard much from UNC. However, new running back coach Randy Jordan made Lexington one of his first stops when he was hired.

"When the new staff came in Coach [Jordan] came the next day and he told me he hadn't even unpacked his clothes yet," Graham said. "He was just getting his feet under him, but he sounded excited and I was impressed."

Jordan eventually had a conversation with Grayson.

"He told me he liked my style of running," Grayson said. "Basically, he wants all the best running backs in North Carolina to stay in North Carolina."

The relative late recruiting start hasn't hurt UNC's chances with Grayson.

"They seem to put a lot of players in the NFL, which is great," Grayson said. "Seeing them on television – even though it's a new staff – they have run the ball a lot and have a lot of great running backs."

Grayson was hoping to make his first visit to UNC on Wednesday for the basketball game against Duke. However, his RSVP didn't reach UNC before the ticket allotment filled up. Instead, Grayson is considering attending the Tar Heels' Junior Day on Feb. 18.

Grayson hasn't visited any schools the past few months, but attended several college games last fall, including Clemson, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

The lack of recent visits has contributed to Grayson's lack of any sort of a favorite schools list.

"I can't really call out a front runner right now," Grayson said. "Everybody is pretty much doing what they're supposed to. I haven't really thought about it. I'm just trying to enjoy high school right now."

Grayson is unsure when exactly he'll make a verbal commitment, but guesses it will occur during the latter part of his senior season.

"I'll let that fall into place," Grayson said. "Running the ball is my thing and is what I like to do, so I'm going to go to a school that runs the ball and help my team out wherever I go. I don't want to go too far away to school, because I want my family to see me play."

Extra Notes

Grayson grew up an Ohio State fan. "I just have always liked their style of play, their jersey – everything," he said… Grayson has an uncle that's an NC State alumnus… Grayson moved from South Carolina in the second grade. Much of his family still resides in South Carolina.

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