Gray Walks SI Through Norman Visit

Despite attending junior days, camps, and games in the fall, Hebron offensive lineman Joel Gray seems to find himself in Norman, Oklahoma time after time. And this past weekend, he made another tour. Gray talks Oklahoma visit No. 5…

Some of the most prized recruits in 2009 are the guys who are in the trenches. And Hebron (TX) offensive lineman Joel Gray is clearly one who has been identified by many Division One coaches. 

After making several stops at various Big 12 schools, the 6-foot-6, 275-pound Gray decided to go back to a familiar place this past weekend.

"I went up to Oklahoma on Saturday," Gray said. "I've already been to two games, a junior day, and a camp in Norman. This was my fifth time coming here."

So what keeps calling him back?

"It's the coaches," Gray said. "I got to Oklahoma at 10:15 a.m. and I went to talk to coach (James) Patton in his office. At 11 a.m., the team came out and went through run throughs. Then, I went to talk with coach Patton again. After that, I got to see them scrimmage and see how they run things.

"I would have to say it was a successful trip."

Despite the trip being a success, Gray did not receive a Sooner offer. But he does hold quite a few offers which include: Stanford, Louisiana Tech, Tulsa, Arizona, Texas Tech, Louisville, Kansas, Houston, and Ole Miss

So will there be a Sooner offer coming in the near future?

"I don't know. I haven't gotten one yet, but it would be nice to get one," Gray said. "Coach (Bob) Stoops said they are really interested in me and plan to come see me at spring practice."

So far, Gray has already attended junior days at Texas Tech, Oklahoma, and Texas A&M. And though he did not really name a favorite, there are a few schools that stand out amongst the rest.

"I can't really say I have a favorite, but (Texas) Tech, Stanford, and Oklahoma are probably my top three," Gray said. 

As far as visits are concerned, Gray said he is probably done until the end of the schools year. This summer Gray said he plans to visit all of the schools that have offered him before he makes the final decision.

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