Washington (D.C.) OT Planning Visit to ND

Edison-Friendship High (Washington, D.C.) offensive tackle Derwin Gray holds close to two dozen offers, but he is yet to get one from Notre Dame. He spoke to a member of the Irish's staff Sunday and is planning a visit to campus.

Notre Dame continues to recruit one of the top offensive tackles in the east in Derwin Gray, and the 6-foot-5, 282-pounder is planning a visit to South Bend, Ind.

Gray, who recently transferred within Washington, D.C., from Dunbar High to Edison-Friendship High, said he spoke with offensive coordinator Chuck Martin over the weekend.

"They send me a lot of mail," Gray said. "I talked to coach Martin Sunday. We hadn't talked in a while and he wanted to see how I was doing and to talk about Notre Dame. Me and coach Martin are building that relationship."

Gray missed much of the 2011 season because of an academic issue, but he said he is doing well in the classroom and it made him realize the importance of academics.

He said he has a renewed commitment to making his mark in the classroom, and Notre Dame represents what he wants in a school.

"I'm always interested in a school like Notre Dame," Gray said. "I mean, look at it. It's Notre Dame. Look at the history they have in academics. I know that is the type of school I will go there and graduate. You don't want to be that guy who goes there and doesn't focus and doesn't get that grade because then you're messing the program up."

Gray doesn't know a lot about the campus and is eager to learn more about the football program, and he plans on making a visit in the spring or summer to gain a better understanding of the school.

He holds close to two dozen offers, but does not have one from Notre Dame. He is set to visit Penn State later this month, but he already has offers from Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee, Rutgers, West Virginia and plenty of others.

He is being recruited to play offensive tackle and has very good feet and agility, but said he was open to playing on the interior of an offensive line as well.

"I don't care what position I play on the offensive line," Gray said. "I will play outside linebacker, tight end, punter …I can do it all."

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