"When I went up there it just felt like home to me. It's a very nice place. I think they have a real nice campus. I know I am going to have to work hard when I get up there."
Gray has never been much of a talker, but Pinson Valley head coach Matt Glover gave more insight about the kind of player UNC is getting in this 6-3, 290-pound defensive tackle.
"I think North Carolina got a real sleeper," said Glover. "He has all the potential in the world. He just doesn't know how to use it yet. When he gets his brains to go with his body he can be something special.
"I have seen improvement since when I got here last year in Carlos. I have seen technique-wise he is a little bit better mentally. He understands more of what he is doing. He is being more accountable.
"He is only 17 years old. He could just be a junior. I know the North Carolina staff is excited about him. They are looking at him getting on the field early. They think he can get in the rotation next year.
Glover touched more on Gray's strengths and areas of improvement.
"I would say his strength and athleticism are his biggest strengths," he said. "He is so athletic, and he has brute strength. When he gets in a college weight program and eats right he'll be a freak.
"I think he can improve his stance and improve his use of hands. He really just needs to work on the little things. He has been more of a bull rush guy in high school. He will need to learn how to use his hands and hips better.
"Overall North Carolina got a really good kid. He is a 'yes sir, no sir' type kid. He comes from a good family and makes good grades. He has been a little bit on the lazy side, and I tell him that all the time. He is a good kid though. I think he'll be fine."
Gray missed two games during the season after suffering a concussion in a car wreck. He also played two games on the offensive line.
Gray plans to major in Sports Medicine.