Will Another Offer Fall in the Gray Area?

Hebron offensive lineman Joel Gray has really made a name for himself during this off-season. Now with double-digit offers in hand, the Texas prep star has a few stops he has planned over the next week. So who's next on the list? Sooners Illustrated has the update.

This past off-season has been good to Hebron (TX) offensive lineman Joel Gray as he picks up offers at an alarming rate. Now as he nears the 25 mark, the Texas Top 100 Gray prepares for his next two visits.

"This weekend I am headed to Texas Tech and then I will fly to California to heck out Stanford," Gray said.

But one school that comes up during every interview is Oklahoma. The 6-foot-6, 278-pound Gray has openly expressed his interest in the Sooner program. And the feelings are still there.

In fact, it seems as though the feelings are mutual.

"I talk with coach (James) Patton at least once a week. We keep in contact with each other and he checks with me to see how things are going," Gray said. "As far as a visit, I have already been up there for junior day and the spring game so I am not sure if I will head back."

Of course the question at hand is, will Gray get that offer that he is hoping for? 

"Hopefully I will get an offer, but the coaches haven't said much about it," Gray said. "That is okay because it seems like they are going to offer, or take, five offensive lineman in this class. It would be good to get one because I plan to commit before September."

Gray, like many others, want to get their college choice out of the way so that they can focus on their senior seasons. But in Gray's case, he wants the entire senior experience.

"I just want to have my senior year all for myself," Gray said. "That is why I want to get this over with before I start my senior year. I want my last year to be a lot of fun. Then I will go off to college."

And where he ends up nobody knows. Some of Gray's latest offers were from schools like Oregon, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Arkansas, Florida State, SMU, North Texas, Wake Forest, Duke, and Wisconsin

But no matter where he ends up, there will be one key factor that is consistent. 

"When I start narrowing my list down, it will be mainly based on relationships," Gray said. "Me and the head coach and the offensive line coach have to be on the same page. I want to feel comfortable with them and that will determine a lot for me. Usually after I talk with coaches 3-4 times, I can get a feel if I am comfortable judging on the conversation."

So how is the comfort level with Oklahoma?

"Oh I am definitely comfortable with coach Patton. I actually feel good talking with coach (Kevin) Wilson as well," Gray said. "That is definitely a comfortable situation."

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