Gray Takes First Trip to Notre Dame

One of Notre Dame's primary targets for the 2007 recruiting class is cornerback Gary Gray of Richland Northeast high school (Columbia, S.C.) It's a good sign when Notre Dame has a player from the Southeast take an official visit to campus. If a prospect takes an unofficial visit to campus, it is even a better sign that the Irish will have a good chance to sign the player.

It didn't take the Irish long to determine that Gary Gray (5-10.5 165 pounds) was a player they wanted on campus. Gray has had a scholarship offer from the Irish for some time. Irish Eyes spoke with Richland Northeast head coach Jaye Frye spoke about Gray and his interest in Notre Dame.

"He knows a little about coach Weis," Frye said of Gray. "He knows about the Notre Dame tradition. That excites him a lot. Of course the way the program is headed with the job coach Weis is doing and with how recruiting is going, he knows it's on it's way back up and he knows it's going to be a powerhouse once again. That's always intriguing.

"Of course the academics are important. He's a bright kid that wants to do well academically and he wants to do something after he gets done with school.

"He also wants a place where he can play fairly early," coach Frye continued. "It would be tough to go into a place that has a bunch of 5 star corners. I think Notre Dame has a couple, but he wants to find a place where he has a chance to play and play fairly early. It's going to be a challenge wherever he goes. If he goes to a big-time school, whether it's Notre Dame, South Carolina, or whoever it's going to be a challenge. A lot of times you have to make your opportunity."

The Irish coaches wanted Gray to visit campus so they could give him a closer look at the school. Gray was one of a select group so prospects that the Notre Dame staff invited to the junior day this past weekend.

"It went well. The campus was great," Gray said of his visit to Notre Dame. "I was feeling kind of concerned there wasn't anything to do, but I adjusted. It seemed like there was enough to do. We talked to a couple players (Dan Santucci, David Grimes.)"

In addition to meeting with several players, Gray had a chance to meet with the Irish coaching staff.

"I talked to coach Lewis," Gray said of the Notre Dame secondary coach. "He was real nice to me. He explained the playbook. They run similar type coverages that we run at Northeast. He's real knowledgeable. He told me about his coaching career at Georgia, Georgia Tech and the NFL.

"I got some one-on-one time with coach Weis. He's a straightforward guy. He's not going to tell you want you want to hear, he's going to tell you the truth. No surprises, I knew that was what I was going to get.

"They're up there," Gray responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I don't have a top five or anything, but they're up there at the top.

"I'm going to come up for the spring game. My dad is going to come up with me again," he added. Top Stories