Recruiting: Catching Up With Cyrus Gray

We reported late last week that DeSoto, Texas running back Cyrus Gray and one of his most sought after Eagle teammates, cornerback Adrian Bushell, made their way to Stillwater for an unofficial visit. Gray, a 5-11, 190-pound prospect with electric speed and moves to go with it, said he and Bushell were both impressed with Oklahoma State.

"It went very well," said Gray on Sunday evening of the visit to Stillwater. "I got to meet the players and hang with them and spent time with the coaches, especially my position coach, Coach (Curtis) Luper. He's a good man and I really hit it off with him. We got a chance to see the whole campus and the dorms and the academic center."

Gray is considered one of the top running back prospects in the nation and certainly one of the top trio in Texas. He said he didn't know what to expect on his way up to Oklahoma State.

"I didn't (know what to expect)," he answered. "I thought it might be an old country town, but it was much better than I imagined. The players really like it there and they really like each other, and that is what I like."

Gray, who recently narrowed his list down to 10 schools (Oklahoma State, SMU, Texas A&M, California, Arizona, Penn State, Notre Dame, Louisville, Florida, Miami and Kansas), said he is still early in the process. He also said Oklahoma State is in good shape on his list.

"We'll find out," said Gray kind of ambiguous. "They will be in the running, one of my top schools when it is all said and done."

He did say that Bushell also liked what he saw on the trip, especially the relationship the OSU players have with each other. Bushell, who is 5-10, 180 pounds and also a 4.4 in the 40-yard dash, had been listing Michigan, Texas Tech and Florida (he moved to DeSoto from Miami) as his top schools.

Gray also said he is trying to find an opportunity to go visit Florida this summer and also would like to check out Notre Dame, California and Arizona.

Patience is going to be a key it would appear in recruiting Gray. He has a long list of schools he turned down already and most, if not all, of the schools on his top 10 list are willing to hold a scholarship and wait. However, that won't keep them from trying to convince him that they are the right one now.

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