"[At 303 pounds], I feel a lot quicker," Gray said.
Gray, a Pinson Valley (Ala.) product, played most of his senior football season at 315 pounds. The basketball season, though, helped him knock a dozen pounds off, while his workouts have helped keep the weight off.
Gray says John Blake, UNC's defensive line coach, hasn't discussed red-shirting him.
"He says he wants to get me out there and see what I can do," Gray said. "He thinks I'm going to [eventually] fill the position at nose [tackle]."
Since Signing Day, the UNC coaching staff has maintained a constant line of communication with Gray.
"[The communication] has been the same to me – maybe even better," Gray said. "I talk to Coach Blake and Coach [Butch] Davis all the time – almost every day."
Primarily, the conversations the past few months between UNC and Gray have revolved around academics and qualifying.
Gray says he is fully qualified. He's awaiting the results from his second taking of the ACT, but his first score was more than enough to put him into qualifying range on the NCAA Clearinghouse's sliding scale.
On June 14, Gray will arrive at UNC. He's unsure who he'll be rooming with.
"I've only met people that play for the team already," Gray said. "[When I took my official visit], I was the only person on that day for the visit."
Gray is hoping to sport No. 55 during his UNC career.
Gray was a reserve on Pinson Valley's basketball team, which went 24-8. Off the bench, he averaged nearly ten points.
This spring, Gray handled shot put and discus for Pinson Valley's track and field team. He didn't qualify for the State Championship Meet, because he missed the regional meet to attend his senior prom. His personal best put in the shot put was 54 feet.