Corwin Brown Hits Detroit

On Tuesday, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown made a recruiting trip to Detroit, trying to add some more firepower to's current top-ranked class. He went and saw King High's four-star defensive end standout Nicholas Perry, and briefly talked with three-star linebacker Kenny Demens, a current Michigan commit, teammate of future Irish running back Jonas Gray.

Speaking of Gray, Brown was able to fit him in for lunch.

"It went well," Jonas Gray said. "All we did was have lunch together and that was it. We watched a little film on Kenny Demens, the linebacker committed to Michigan. We're thinking about recruiting him, so we watched a little film on him. Other than that, that was really it. I think he was really down here to see Nick Perry."

The 5-foot-11, 214-pound Gray said that Brown went and saw Nicholas Perry in the morning, and then again in the afternoon.

"He didn't really say," when asked about if Brown had indicated Perry's interest. "He did say things went well."

As a senior, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Perry led his team to a Division 2 state championship. He had 147 tackles, a state-record 36 sacks and 68 tackles for loss. He also scored eight touchdowns on offense.

Based off numerous reports on the web about Perry, his interest in Notre Dame seems limited. On the other hand, Gray thinks Demens could really like the Irish.

"He's definitely taking a good look at us," Gray said. "I think he will be interested so that will be good. Coach Brown and him talked briefly, but I don't think they've talked since then."

This fall, Demens had 163 tackles, 14.5 coming for loss including 7.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles, as he and Gray lost in the state championship game. Since Michigan head coach Lloyd Carr resigned after the season, many schools have started to recruit Demens again.

Gray finished his senior season rushing for 2,390 yards and 31 touchdowns. He played the state-championship game with a deep-thigh bruise and sore right knee.

"I'm just working out," Gray said. "My first couple weeks after the season, I was just getting healthy and getting ready for the Army game. I'm really working out, not doing much lifting, just doing speed stuff and getting my abs together. I've got to get them tight."

Gray said his legs are feeling fine, but has a little bit of a shoulder injury. He was out in Arizona from Sunday until Tuesday morning, participating against three other finalists for the EAS Sports Walter Payton Speed and Strength Award. The winner will be announced the week of the U.S. Army Game in San Antonio, Texas. Joining Gray out in Arizona was Florida State commit Nigel Bradham, Texas pledge D.J. Monroe, and uncommitted running back Covaughn Deboskie.

"We just did a workout," Gray said. "They don't really want me to say too much about what we did.

Gray's aches and pains slightly slowed him down.

"A little bit, but I feel like I have a good shot to win as far as the testing goes," he said.

Gray is really looking forward to the Army game itself.

"I'm not as excited as I should be because all the offensive players committed in our class are mostly on the West," Gray said with a laugh. "The East has a few offensive linemen so it's good."

Gray has been doing quite a bit of traveling as of late. He was in South Bend for the Notre Dame football banquet last weekend.

"The banquet went well," Gray said. "Aaron Taylor was a great speaker and it was just good to meet some of the guys that I hadn't met that I'd talked to on the phone. Guys like Dayne Crist, a lot of the guys, Mike Golic, Sean Cwynar a bunch of the guys I wanted to meet, so it was good." Top Stories