Hawk's Take: Kolby Gray

Former Toledo Rocket wide receiver Andrew Hawkins grew up in a family full of Pitt fans and now he will help us analyze the Panthers class of 2009 recruits as the PantherDigest.com's new recruiting analyst.

Name: Kolby Gray

Rating: ***

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 195

Hometown: Houston, Texas

High School: Cypress Falls

Recruited By: Phil Bennett

Overview:

As a Junior Gray passed for 3,362 yards, 33 touchdowns (with only 5 interceptions), and ran for another 300 yards and seven touchdowns. After the conclusion of his junior year he was an All-State selection and was named to the Houston Touchdown Club list, which is a list of the top 24 prep players in the Houston, TX area. As a senior his throwing production went down, but only because a change in the system. He threw for 1,500 yards and 9 touchdowns while rushing for another 1,003 yards and 13 touchdowns. He was a finalist for the Houston Touchdown Club Player of the Year award. Kolby is also an excellent student, maintaining a 3.9 G.P.A.

Scouting Analysis:

Positives: Kolby has good pocket presence and quick feet for a quarterback…He boasts above average arm strength, which really jumps out on his film when he is throwing out routes and hitting seam patterns in between the hashes…He has the ability to throw the football with touch on intermediate routes and fade routes and gives his receivers a fighting chance to make a play…He throws exceptionally well on the move and he makes great decisions….After throwing for over 3,000 yards as a junior I questioned his ability to pull the football down and run, but he answered all questions as a senior after rushing for more than 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns…He reads defenses well and is an effective scrambler.

Negatives: Has some mechanical issues to work out like following through on throws and throwing off balance…Plays best out of a shotgun formation and will have to show he has the ability to operate under center…Will have to add about 20 pounds before he is ready to step on the field…And although he has good arm strength, his release is not as fast as it can be and he needs to work to improve on it.

The Panthers version of… Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo

"What does it all mean Basil?"

Like Romo, Gray is about 6'2 and although it is not considered short, it is also not the prototypical size that you look for (6'4-6'5). This means that Kolby will have to rely more on his brains than his physical ability to be the best quarterback he can be. He has to show that he can effectively read defenses and throw through lanes because of his lack of ideal height. Personally, I think Kolby is a sleeper that you will see a lot of the big time programs try to jump on late in the recruiting process. I envision him adding about 15-20 pounds and developing into a smart, savvy and competitive signal caller. Don't be surprised if…We don't get to see Gray start a game for the Panthers until at least 2011. With Pat Bostick and Tino Sunseri looking to give Bill Stull a run for his money for the 2009 season, it seems as if Gray is destined for a redshirt and perhaps a couple years holding the clipboard.


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