Deante' Gray takes first Stanford visit

In this era of football recruiting, it's rare for a recruit to commit to a school sight unseen. It's even more uncommon for a recruit to delay taking a visit to the school of his choice until just a few weeks before signing day. Yet that's the approach explosive wide receiver Deante' Gray took to his Stanford commitment.

When Deante' Gray finally did visit Stanford last weekend for the Cardinal's big recruiting weekend, he wasn't disappointed.

"It just felt right," Gray said. "As soon as I stepped on campus."

Gray was accompanied on the trip by his parents and was hosted by freshman quarterback Kevin Hogan.

He arrived in the Bay Area Thursday night before beginning the visit activities Friday morning.

"Friday we had a breakfast with everybody and met up with all the coaches and we met with some admissions people and some professors," Gray said. "We also went in on a class and had lunch and then we met with Coach Shaw in the auditorium and we watched some highlights and we went up to Hoover Tower – that was real cool. We did one of those scavenger hunts. So that was cool. It was a pretty long day, but it was pretty fun throughout.

"Saturday we saw a lot of the facilities like the weight room and the locker room and we met the strength and conditioning coach and he had a little presentation. Then there was a little player panel. We got to ask them questions about school and how things were, and then we got to spend time with the players after that."

The visit provided a host of memorable moments and highlights.

"Spending time with the players, that was real cool," Gray said. "And Coach Shaw, his presentation on the potential new renovations to the locker room and football lounge and stuff like that, that was pretty memorable. And just really everything was memorable. It's not just one moment that sticks out. I had a good time from start to finish."

The visit surpassed Gray's lofty expectations.

"I already knew it was a nice campus and the academics and everything were good, but it was more than I expected," Gray said. "Even the professors were real cool and real informative and everything. It exceeded my expectations."

In addition to learning more about the Stanford football and academic experience, Gray also got to spend plenty of time with his fellow Stanford recruits. After months of interacting with them over Facebook and Twitter, Gray enjoyed finally getting to meet his fellow recruits in-person.

"Yeah, it was real cool," Gray said. "All of them dudes are good people down there. They're real funny too. It was real cool to finally get to meet them."

Gray also tried his hand at recruiting some of the uncommitted visitors, and spent with several, including top prospect Jameis Winston.

"Yeah I tried to, they were real open-minded also," Gray said. "Me and Jameis were cool throughout the whole weekend."

Now all that's left for Gray in his Stanford recruitment is passing the school's admissions process. He recently submitted his Stanford application, and hopes to hear back from the school soon.

"By now I believe that everything is in," Gray said. "Everything was in by this week, so I should figure out soon enough if I'm admitted or not."

Gray said is Stanford commitment is "very solid," and he has no other official visits scheduled.

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