CYRUS GRAY, RB, 6'0, 188, 4.36, DeSOTO, TEXAS:
When you watch Cyrus Gray play, it seems as if everybody else is running in slow motion. Gray is so fast that he has been clocked at 4.32 on a hand-held stopwatch, but he says he is getting faster. What? Faster?
"I seem to improve my speed every year," said Gray. "I am getting a little bigger all the time and I am not slowing down, so I think I am actually getting faster."
Gray is such a great athlete that collegiate recruiters know he can play a number of skill positions on either side of the ball, but he says he is a running back and that he is being recruited as a running back. And that is understandable when you learn that he rushed for 1,510 and 31 rushing touchdowns a year ago. Gray also added 38 catches for 428 yards, two receiving touchdowns and four touchdowns on punt returns where he averaged over 50-yards per return. In track, he runs the 100M (10.53) and he is the anchor leg in on the 4 X100 and 4X200 relay teams.
"Everybody is recruiting me, as far as I know, at running back and kick returner," said Gray. "I want to play on the offensive side of the ball and running back is my best position without question."
Gray can bench 305 pounds, squats 585 and he has posted a 35-inch vertical jump. He also says he likes the attention that he is already receiving in recruiting.
"I like it because it is something good to think about," said Gray. "To be recruited as one of the top players in Texas is something very special. What I want to do is get better so that I am recruited as one of the best players in the nation. I am an all-purpose style of running back and I can do more than one thing about of the backfield. I am very elusive, but my speed is my best asset. I think my speed and my vision are the best things about my ability."
Gray says he can run out of any formation, but he really likes the I-formation. He has also shown a great ability to line up in the slot and run pass routes.
Gray attended the Tulsa camp the summer going into his sophomore year and he went to the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio and competed with a cast on his hand to heal torn ligaments in his thumb. Gray recently attended the Junior Day at SMU and has also been to Junior Days at Texas and Texas A&M.
"I thought all three of my Junior Days were great, "said Gray. "I really liked Texas A&M because of their great tradition, and I also liked Texas. SMU was a great place. It is close to home and I thought it was a school where I could fit in. I like all three of those places a lot."
Out of those three, Gray has been offered only by Texas A&M and SMU, but he is still waiting to hear from Texas. Gray has also been offered by Baylor, Arizona, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, LSU, Texas Tech, Wisconsin and Notre Dame.
"I don't have a favorite or even a top five right now," said Gray. "I am just enjoying the recruiting process and looking through my options. I want to keep my options open."
So what does Gray think about Oklahoma?
"I really love Oklahoma," said Gray. "Oklahoma has been a school that, growing up as a kid, I always wanted to play for. They are just a great program and I can see myself in their crimson jerseys. A.D. was my favorite running back and I love the way OU runs the ball. They run a pro-style offense and they give their running backs the ball. They want a running back that can run it inside or kick it outside, and OU always has great offensive linemen. Oklahoma is a school I have always liked and a school that I look forward to visiting."
Gray has a track meet this weekend so he will not be able to make it to the Sooners' second Junior Day on March 10.
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