Cy-Falls QB Says Local Team Still A Favorite

After recent speculation that perhaps his sights were set elsewhere, Cy-Falls QB Kolby Gray talked with Owl Digest on recruiting and where the hometown Rice Owls fit into the picture…

One of the highest ranked remaining QBs in Texas left uncommitted is Cy-Falls' Kolby Gray. And though Gray has been to 9 different camps this summer, he says the first school to offer him, the Rice Owls, is firmly in place as one of his leaders. I asked Gray about recent questions surrounding his interest in Rice.

"Nothing's changed, Rice is still at the top of my list of schools. I still like them, they are a great hometown option."

Last Thursday night Gray visited the Rice campus to take in a practice and to visit a couple of old friends.

"I went to practice to see a couple of my old teammates, Shane Turner and Denzel Wells. It was good to see them both. They are doing real well, Denzel caught a long Touchdown while I was there."

I asked Kolby, who attended practice with his dad, what he thought of the Rice offense.

"Oh I like it a lot, it's basically the same offense we run at Cy-Falls."

Gray visited with Rice Offensive Coordinator Tom Herman and Head Coach David Bailiff during and after practice, both of whom are personally recruiting Gray.

"I had a great visit with the coaches. They made it clear to me where I stand with Rice. And I told them where Rice stood with me."

So does that mean a commitment is forthcoming?

"Rice is right at the top of my list right now. But I've just started to narrow down my list of favorites. The recent offer from Vandy was a big deal. They've given me a lot to think about. Right now I'm just getting ready to start my season and I'll narrow things down pretty soon. I'm not ready to commit anywhere just yet."

I asked him if there was a team to beat in the competitive Cy-Fair District and he said he felt like several teams could contend for a title. I asked him about Jersey Village, who will have a pair of Owl commits on its team. One in particular will be getting re-acquainted with Gray when they play. Trey Briggs played baseball with Gray and the two have known each other for years.

"Yeah I've known Trey for a long time. We've always had a competitive rivalry going. I'm sure he'll be looking to get a shot at me."

"I think Cy-Ridge will be tough, they are probably the team to beat. Russell Shepherd is a great athlete obviously. Cy-Fair has a good team also."

Cy-Falls will be on the national stage once again this season after beating Sam McGuffie's Cy-Fair Bobcats last year on ESPN. They play Cy-Ridge Thursday October 16th in a battle that will feature Gray against Shepherd – two of the best QBs in the state.

Gray told me he is ready for the challenge. And also ready to lead his team.

"We start practice Monday, I'm ready to play football!"

We'll keep you updated on the latest developments with Gray, right here at Owl Digest.

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