Spring football let LaBryan Ray see who wants him most.
Almost every day a new coach would stop by James Clemens High School in Madison, Ala., to check on the four-star defensive end. Ray now heads into summer with a better understanding of the programs expending serious energy to get his signature during the winter.
“It’s a couple of them that are really, really recruiting me hard,” Ray said. “It’s crazy. I’m blessed. I would say Alabama, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida, Michigan. They’re really coming after me hard.”
Ray plans to return some of that interest this summer in the form of unofficial visits.
Auburn should be first up this weekend. Ray also plans to see Tennessee, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Florida and Alabama over the next couple months, although no plans are set in stone just yet.
Notre Dame had been in line to get Ray on campus for Irish Invasion later this month. But right now that’s looking less likely.
“Financially right now it’s not looking good,” Ray said. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to go to Notre Dame on the 18th.”
Instead, Ray might save his Notre Dame visit for an official, with those costs covered. Notre Dame, Michigan and USC could be game day weekend destinations during the fall.
“That's definitely something I was thinking about,” Ray said. “It’s just getting down there and seeing what it’s about. Then from that, seeing how I can trim the list down even more.”
Paring down the list is something the 6-foot-4, 270-pound prospect envisions doing in the fall. Ray sees six as a good target number with official visits in mind. He’s also been thinking about when a commitment might come.
Playing out the process seems likely, but a pledge could come earlier.
“I may go a little later,” he said. “It just depends on if I visit a place and feel like it’s home and I’m very comfortable with the coaches, I know that’s where I wanna be, I could cut it short and make my decision.”