Rebels hosting key DE recruit this weekend

Dr. Phillips ended their season this past Friday with a 17-7 loss to Boone (FL) in the third round of the playoffs, but their star defensive end did all he could do to advance to the state championship game.

"I was named the Player of the Game," added Victor Gray. "I had eight tackles and a sack. The game plan was for them to run away from me, but I still made some plays."

The 6' 4", 235 pound Orlando resident finished his season with 103 tackles, 10 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, and 2 blocked field goals.

"I was a lot more aggressive this year. I was running around using my speed. I have always been a great athlete, but this year I was playing more physical as the season got going."

Gray was selected to the North/South All-Star game in Florida, but he has another sport already in play.

"I am in basketball now. We played our first game Wednesday. I got 9 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals, and 3 blocks. I still have to get in basketball shape (laugh). I was like, slow down guys, I am out of breath (laugh)."

The past two weeks have been busy on the recruiting front as Victor has hosted several coaches at his school and home.

"Georgia, Ole Miss, Colorado State, Iowa State, Maryland, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Purdue, and North Carolina State have all been by."

One visit stuck out over the others due to one little detail.

"Coach Vaughn from Ole Miss came by my house, and he was the only one that wanted to check my room, out of all of them. He wanted to see how my room was kept. He was pretty impressed. My mom makes me keep it clean, thank goodness (laugh). We talked about the environment at Ole Miss and their Engineering and Business programs. Those are the two programs I am looking at. But what really stood out to me was when he asked to see my room because it shows a lot about wanting to find out what type of character I have. That stood out the most to me."

The Rebel assistant said something to Victor last Spring that left a lasting impression.

"He came by last Spring to see me practice, and as I was passing by he said something to me that I will never forget. He said, I know you do not know me, but I am coming after you. He told me that he planned to out recruit me from all the other schools. I did not know how he planned on doing it, but I remember it. I was like, who does this Ole Miss coach think he is? And now I know why. He just goes the extra mile with me."

Gray is slated to be in Oxford this weekend for an official visit. What will he focus on while on campus?

"My my wants to see if I am going to be taken care of. I am her baby, so you know how that goes (laugh). I just want to see if I feel comfortable with my surroundings. I already know what I am getting with their coaches."

Victor has only taken one other official visit and that was to Colorado State (10/12), his first offer.

"They brought their head and recruiting coach to my house this week. It was probably my shortest visit out of all of them. Most of the visits lasted 2 to 2 1/2 hours, but he answered all of my questions, and we got everything done."

What questions did's #51 DE have?

"We did not have that many. They answered most of my questions on my official visit. My mom wanted to know what the living arrangements were gong to be. They give you an allowance each month, and you can live where you want to, so that was important. Mom wanted to know about the crime in that area, you know, the same questions most parents have."

There could be one new school that is trying to get in the mix.

"Georgia came by my school last week, and they came back (this week). They want to get me over there for a visit, but with basketball season going on, it will probably be January before I take anymore visits. They scouted one of my games, and they said they really liked what they saw. I do not know where it is going to go right now, but they are interested."

Which colleges have now offered?

"Every school I mentioned (Georgia, Ole Miss, Colorado State, Iowa State, Central Florida, Georgia Tech, South Florida, Purdue, and North Carolina State), minus Georgia and Purdue, plus a few more"

Boston College also offered and was high on Gray's list until recently.

"I have not been in contact with them lately. They have not called lately. I am uncertain as well as to what to say."

Who will receive Victor's last three official visits?

"I am trying to decide who to visit, but I have not narrowed it down. I have Georgia Tech and Maryland in mind, but I am not even sure on those two yet. They are all showing me the same amount of interest, and then you have new schools like Georgia who are just now coming in on me. I do not know yet. I am just going to go up to Ole Miss this weekend and have a good time and go from there. Everyone is still under consideration."

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