Jonas Gray (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) has had Notre Dame at the top of list of colleges for some time, and he's made several trips to South Bend to meet with the Irish coaching staff. The Irish haven't extended a scholarship offer, but that day might not be too far away.
"I just spoke with coach Weis and he said that they had a meeting for about an hour and a half just talking about me," Gray responded when asked about Notre Dame's interest in him. "He told me that they were talking about me the whole meeting. He said they want to offer me, but they just want to see more than what they saw on my film.
"Coach Weis said that before he offers a running back, he wants to know what exactly he's good at and what type of running back he is. He wants me to come back in April and then come back for their one-day camp. He said that he coached running backs in the NFL and he wants to get a chance to work with me. Most likely I'll have an offer after that. I liked that they'd sit down a talk about me for that long."
Although Gray is confident in his abilities, he agreed with Weis' film assessment.
"Its kind of hard to see what kind of running back I am from my film," Gray explained. "I think there are some things that I need to change, and I think you'll see a drastic change come next year. I need to become a more complete back. I need to become a little more shifty, but also run with power."
Notre Dame might need to see more of Gray, but there are a couple big-time programs that saw enough of Gray to extend a scholarship offer.
"Friday I got a call from Urban Meyer and he offered me a scholarship," Gray announced. "He said that he liked what he saw and that he wanted to offer me a scholarship. He gave me his phone number and said that he'd be recruiting me.
"I also just got an offer from Minnesota. I was talking to coach Brewster and he was telling me that they just brought in a new offensive coordinator from Cal. I think that's a pretty big thing. Minnesota has a great history of running backs with Laurence Maroney and Marion Barber III. With a new coaching staff that tells me that I'm a guy that they really want, that's a big thing for me. I think I can make a huge difference up there.
Gray adds the Florida and Minnesota offers to his existing offer list of Illinois, Michigan State, and Colorado. If Notre Dame or any team would like to get in the race for Gray's signature they'll need to make a move soon.
"I've been hearing a lot from USC, Boston College, Georgia, and Wisconsin," Gray explained. "I'm hearing from Iowa. I'm hearing from most of the school in the Big Ten. I was going to an Ohio State junior day, but I mixed up the dates and missed it."
"After basketball I'm going to sit down with my mom and try to see which schools I'll visit during the spring and summer. For sure I'll get back to Notre Dame, but I want to make an early decision. I don't want this to drag into my season."