Gray Adds Irish To His Growing List Of Offers

It has been a long time since Notre Dame signed a running back out of Texas, but it appears the Irish will attempt to do that in the 2008 recruiting class. One of the top runners in the country is Cyrus Gray of DeSoto High School (Texas) and he just received his scholarship offer from Notre Dame.

Cyrus Gray (6-foot-0. 188 pounds) attempted to make it to Notre Dame for the junior day held on March 4, but he wasn't able to make it. Nonetheless Gray received word a short time later that Notre Dame wanted to get to South Bend for more than a weekend.

"I got a message that I was supposed to call coach Weis, so I called him," Gray recalled of the events leading up to his conversation with Notre Dame's head coach. "We talked for a while and he said that he liked the way that I played. He said that he wanted a running back that could also return kicks, and he thinks that I'm that guy. Then he said that they were going to be sending me an offer in the mail.

"He said that he liked the way that I play. He said he watched my film over and over and decided that he wanted to offer me. He said that I could fit into their offense. He said he wanted me to find out what type of schemes they ran and see what I thought. He said that he's coached a lot of running backs and that he thinks I can play for them.

"I was shocked," Gray said. "When you're growing up as a little kid you see Notre Dame on TV, but you never think that they'd be coming to you and offering you a scholarship… it's real big. That's about the happiest that I've been about receiving an offer. Growing up I heard about Notre Dame and I know how great the program is. I know you have to be real smart to even get into to school up there, so it was a big thing for them to even be recruiting me."

As it turns out, it appears coach Weis is going to take a personal approach to Gray's recruitment.

"[Coach Weis] was telling me how he wanted to get me away from Texas and he said that he wants me to come up there soon," Gray explained. "He gave me his cell phone number and told me not to be a stranger and to call him whenever I wanted to. He said that he wanted me to keep checking in with him. He said that I could call him anytime.

"I think he's taking a personal approach to my recruitment. That's something big to me, because some head coaches don't get involved in recruiting. He reminds me of my head coach by the way he's getting involved. That was very unique, because usually coaches will offer you and you won't know anything about them, but he said that he wanted to develop a relationship. That's a big thing, because I see him on TV and I've heard so much about him…just talking to him was really big.

"I want to go up there for one of my official visits," Gray said. "But I also want to go up there earlier. If I want to make an early decision, I want to get up there and see them early. I want to get there soon, but I have track so it's tough to get a weekend to go. It'll probably have to be something towards the summer."

It was a big week for Gray as he added several big scholarship offers to the list he already had. Previously he held offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, SMU, Baylor, Arizona, and Tulsa. Besides the Irish offer, Gray recently received offers from Miami, Wisconsin and Louisville.

"All my offers are big," Gray said. "I know that some kids don't get a chance to get looked at so I know that all my offers are big. Miami, Wisconsin and Louisville just sent me offers.

"I grew as a kid liking Miami, it was my favorite school. Hopefully I'll be able to take an official visit there. I'd like to check it out. I know they had a few problems last year, but hopefully they've turned that around.

"I recently went up to Texas A&M," Gray said. "I had a really good time up there. I have a few teammates up there and I know some people that go up there. The coaches are all good people."

Last season, playing primarily quarterback, Gray tallied 220 carries for 1, 510 yards and 31 rushing touchdowns. He added 38 receptions for 428 yards and two touchdowns. He had over 400 yards in punt returns with four touchdowns.

Gray participates in the 100M, the 4X100M and the 4X200M in track. His fastest 100 meter time is 10.53 seconds.

Gray reported a 3.2 g.p.a Top Stories