Notre Dame recently landed a commitment from highly rated Jonas Gray, and at the time many thought that the Irish had filled their need at running back for this recruiting class. That may or may not be the case, but speculation over the subject will kick into high gear over the weekend when the Irish host Cyrus Gray (5-foot-11, 190 pounds).
"Yep, he'll be there," replied DeSoto head coach Dave Meadows when asked about Gray's plans. "Cyrus is having an unbelievable year. He injured an ankle a couple weeks ago, and in that game, he was right at 300 yards. Last week he was still pretty stiff, so he didn't play much. I think he had 40 yards and one touchdown. He had 1,400 yards in seven games, and of course he really didn't add to that last week in the eight game.
"We'll probably hold him out this week. He's almost 100 percent. It'll probably be a game-time decision. We want to make sure he's a 100 percent before we throw him back out there. He'll dress and everything, but unless other people get hurt, he probably won't play.
"Next week we'll play for the district championship," coach Meadows said. "So we want to make certain he's as close to 100 percent as he can be for next week."
DeSoto will need Gray's contributions throughout their play-off run. If he isn't able to go, coach Meadows will be missing a guy that can carry the team on his back if need be.
"There aren't a lot of athletes like him," Coach Meadows said. "He has the vision, the moves, the strength, the quick burst of speed. He has the speed over the long haul. In the division we play in, guys in the secondary can run 4.4s. Cyrus will have a burst to get open, and if someone is on his heels, he has another burst to pull away. He has good hands. He's strong. Seldom does one guy get him down and when he gets hit the pile always moves forward. He's got all the things you want in a quality back. The most important of all is the person that he is. He doesn't have one selfish bone in his body. It's all about the team, and what he can do to help the team. If there is such a thing as a dream guy, I think he's probably it.
"A lot of the runners will try to force things, and they end up not making as good of a decision as they could if you were more patient. He's got enough speed and confidence to wait until the play opens up and wherever it opens up he'll hit it. We could run the same play ten times and he may not take the same path twice. He just waits for the thing to develop, and when it does and he'll hit it up. I think his confidence is a big part of that."
The trip to Notre Dame will be Gray's first official visit. He does plan to take official visits to Louisville, California, and Florida.