New Jersey Tight Ends Holds Seven Offers

Bergen Catholic School in Oradell, N.J. always seems to have a few prospects recruited by Notre Dame. James Dray, a 6-5, 230-pound tight end/linebacker is yet another hot prospect from the Garden State. Dray already holds offers from Boston College, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Stanford and Iowa. Where do the Irish stand with this recruit?

Having been timed at 4.6 in the 40 yard dash, Dray has speed to go along with his 230 pound frame. "I don't remember my stats off the top of my head," said Dray. "Some schools are recruiting me at linebacker and others want me as a tight end."

When asked if he had a preference as to what position he'd like to play in college, he responded "not at all."

Is he interested in the Irish? "I'm very interested in Notre Dame. I've been receiving letters from them. I grew up in an Irish Catholic family, so obviously I pulled for Notre Dame as a kid."

Distance isn't going to be a factor in Dray's decision. As for what will impact his decision, "No. 1, Education is going to be the most important factor. No. 2, The reputation of the football program will be important, and No. 3, is going to be whether or not I'll be given the opportunity to play early."

Has he set a timeframe for making a decision? "I'd like to commit before the season starts if possible, but I want to make sure I make the right decision. I don't want to rush myself and make a poor choice."

Dray claims no favorites at this point. When asked if he planned on attending any camps this summer, he responded, "I'm going to the Nike camp and I'll also camp at Boston College, Rutgers and maybe Notre Dame."

Qualifying won't be a problem for Dray as he has a 3.6 gpa and scored a 1070 on his SAT.

Comments: Jim Dray seems to be pretty open at this point. I got the impression that he liked the Irish a lot. We know that Linebacker will be a top concern this recruiting season and Notre Dame always likes players who are versatile enough to play multiple positions. If the Irish were to offer, I think they'd have an excellent chance of landing this recruit.


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