Gray Is Staying Focused

The Irish don't intend to sign more than one running back, so you can count on the Notre Dame staff to pursue the best ball carriers in the country. Cyrus Gray of De Soto High School (Texas) is one of the running backs the Notre Dame staff is targeting and he's a good one.

Cyrus Gray (5-foot-11, 190 pounds) has nearly 30 scholarship offers at this time. Notre Dame is one of them along with LSU, Oklahoma, Miami, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Louisville, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Baylor, Oklahoma State, SMU and Arizona.

"I've been talking to coach Ianello," Gray responded when asked about his contact with the Notre Dame staff. "He came down to watch me practice and then he and coach Weis came to my school. They're the coaches from Notre Dame that have been recruiting me the most. I like them. I think they're good coaches, and they seem like good people. I think they'll get the ball in the playmaker's hands.

"I like that it's a religious school. I think the players are well grounded and it's a family atmosphere up there. Hopefully this summer I'll get a chance to go to South Bend and get to know more. I think there's a good chance that I'll get up there."

The top coaches from around the country have been to DeSoto High School to see Gray during the May evaluation period and Gray still can't believe he's receiving all the attention.

"I'm really happy and excited about all of the opportunities, but I'm trying to stay humble and I'm staying grounded," Gray said. "I'm just staying focused because this all can be taken away from you at any moment. I try to remember that this is all a blessing from God and I'm going to keep working hard in order to make sure that I maintain my level of play.

"What my mentor and other people have told me is to check out all the schools that offer. You can get a feel for the program just by talking to the coaches. You also hear things by word of mouth and then you can look things up and study up on the school. I haven't really been able to see many schools, but I will soon.

"I'm still overwhelmed that I have all these great coaches recruiting me," Gray said. "I don't want to lead schools on that I'm not interested in, but I also want to give them all a chance. Right now I'm trying to play it safe and keep my options open. Me and my coaches were talking about recruiting and they'd like me to get down to a top 10 or 12 by the end of spring. Then when I have an opportunity to watch the teams play and I get to visit the schools I'll be able to narrow things down even more. Hopefully I'll have a top five by the start of my senior season.

"I've been thinking about taking my official visits out of state, because the in-state schools I can go to any time. I want to get out and see other regions and see what it's like in other parts of the country. I'd like to go more than once, which is why I want to take some unofficial visits. If I only see a place once, I don't know if I'll get the right feeling." Top Stories