Gray garnering Purdue interest

Purdue coach Kevin Sherman visited linebacker Kalil Gray at Langston Hughes (Ga.) High School on Monday. Boiler Sports Report offers the details from the conversation, plus what the Midwest native must to do earn a Boilermaker offer.

When Kalil Gray was just six years old, he moved with his family from St. Louis to Atlanta. His hope is to return to the Midwest. With new recruiting interest from Purdue coming in, that may be a possibility.

On Monday, Purdue assistant Kevin Sherman visited with the rising senior linebacker. Gray, a linebacker at Langston Hughes (Ga.) High School, holds scholarship offers from Ball State and Georgia State. An offer from Purdue could come down the road, too.

"It would mean a lot," said Gray of a potential Purdue offer. "I'm from the Midwest and would really like to play college football in the Midwest. That would be my first big school to offer me."

During their Monday meeting, Sherman explained to Gray that the Purdue coaching staff wants to see him earn an offer in a summer camp. His plan is to take them up on that challenge while visiting West Lafayette for the first time.

Sherman also offered a strong recruiting pitch for Purdue, one which intrigued the linebacker.

"[Sherman] said that they have great academics, but they also have a very good football team," said Gray. "They have great facilities. He really wants me to be a part of Purdue."

The contact with Purdue hasn't been frequent until this spring, and it has since accelerated. Sherman told Gray he was very impressed with his highlight film. He also had high praise for Gray's teammate, offensive lineman Jahlil Mathis.

"It makes me feel like all the hard work that my teammates and I are putting in is paying off," Gray said.

Gray was thrilled to welcome Sherman and the Boilermakers to his high school and hopes the mutual interest turns into an offer.

"It was refreshing to get to know him a lot," said Gray.

As a high school junior, Gray racked up 60 tackles and four sacks at outside linebacker.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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