Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep three-star K.J. Gray is staying home. A weekend official visit under new coach Chris Ash’s watchful eye sold the 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety officially sold him on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
Gray left his Rutgers visit comfortable with the program and made things official Tuesday night.
“[Ash] did not only my trust, but he earned my parents’ trust as well,” Gray said on his commitment. “He has shown that he says what he means, and he means what he says. I want to be a part of the Ash era and turn Rutgers around.”
Gray ranks as the No. 3 athlete in the Garden State and New Jersey is important to the St. Peter’s Prep star.
“It means a lot [to play at home] because I can play for my state in my state,’ Gray said. “The fans and family can easily watch me.”
Gray joins the Rutgers class as a projected safety and looks forward to a full-time transition to defense. Gray played both sides for St. Peter’s Prep, and although set as a defensive back, is open to any role Ash provides.
“I know it's going to be a challenge, but I'm more than prepared because I know I can be successful,” said Gray, who joins Damon Hayes in the 2016 defensive secondary. “I will inquire about playing both sides of the ball once I handle my firmest responsibility as a [defensive back].”
The commitment from Gray represents Ash’s third since his takeover with all three being New Jersey-bred players. Gray de-committed from Boston College before he found a permanent home at Rutgers.
While others battle toward Signing Day, Gray is ready for rest and relaxation.
“It's been a stressful but fun process,” he said. “Everybody is coming at you with a pitch, and you just have to hear everyone out and go with your gut feeling. I am just blessed and grateful to be in this position. … [At Rutgers] fans can expect a hometown kid leaving a mark on the program and restore the prestige of the school.”