Gray Ready to Play For it All

Irish running back commitment Jonas Gray had a monster game last Saturday propelling his Country Day high school team into the state playoff game this Saturday. We caught up with the Detroit, Mich. native to get his thoughts on his big game and his senior season.

"I had 29 carries, 304 yards and four touchdowns," said four-star prospect Jonas Gray of his performance last Saturday. "I just felt good. I knew this could be my last game of my senior year, so I wanted to make sure it was my best. I just had a will to win, and now I get to play for the state championship.

"Everyone did an excellent job blocking. The linemen, the receivers downfield, everyone did a good job, and that allowed me to have a big game."

Every high school player dreams of playing for the state championship, and for Gray it's become a reality.

"I don't think it's hit me yet," Gray said. "I'll definitely get more excited come Thursday. We had a good practice today. We knew it was the last Monday practice as a team, and everyone seems really focused."

Gray's final season has been an outstanding one, and the 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back says he never imagined it unfolding as it has.

"It's been a storybook season," he said. "There have been some ups and downs. These last months of the season the team has really come together. It's definitely a life-long experience for me. It's been something I'll never forget."

Gray also exceeded some personal goals this season as he's amassed 2,806 yards rushing on the season, and 33 touchdowns.

"My goal was 2,000 yards," he said. "To have a shot at 3,000, that's amazing. I never would've thought it would be this good. I don't even care where I end up with the yards thing, as long as we win the game."

After Gray's senior season, his focus will quickly turn to Notre Dame, and members of the Irish coaching staff will also be up to see Jonas in the near future.

"Coach Brown and coach Haywood are coming up to see me on Sunday, so I'm looking forward to that," he said. "I'm glad I found a home knowing that whatever happens, my future is bright, whether it be with football or just in life.

"I'm also coming for the football banquet for sure, and I'll be coming down for some basketball games as well."

Gray also plans to show his talents in a post-season all-star game Irish fans are familiar with.

"I'm playing the Army All-American game as well. I used to run track and play basketball, but there's a state rule here that I lose my eligibility if I play in the game. I want to play in the game so I won't be playing any other sports this year. I'm going to do a lot of working out. After I sign I'm going to try to learn all the plays and learn the offense. I just want to get ready and try to come to college ready for college football." But there's still one more game to play before he'll officially turn his attention to Notre Dame.

"I think we'll have a great game," Jonas said. "I'm looking forward to it. We'll be in good shape."


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