Déjà Vu for Dray

Recruiting can have more than its share of quirks, and the fast-changing landscape of college coaches plays a part. For top tight end recruit <b>James Dray</b>, he is getting reconnected to one of the first head coaches who offered him last spring. Read on for the latest on the four-star New Jersey athlete, and what lies ahead with his official visit plans...

If you click your way back to last April, you can find our first article on James Dray.  Tucked inside that introduction to the New Jersey tight end was the fact that one of his first six offers came from Pittsburgh.  Dray has since piled on numerous more scholarships, and little more has been written about Pitt with the #13 tight end in America.  Stanford was one of the first three schools to throw their hat into the ring for the 6'5" athlete, but their new head coach is Walt Harris, who made a play for Dray when he was at Pitt.

While a good number of Cardinal recruits are this week trying to get to know Harris for the first time, as he takes the helm at The Farm, there is a prior relationship between the coach and the Bergen Catholic High School standout stretching back to last spring.  Stanford assistant coach Tom Quinn made a visit to see Dray on Wednesday, as part of his whirlwind tour in the Northeast.  The Cardinal coach delivered one of his easiest pitches with this recruit.

"It went well," Dray details.  "He told me to really consider Stanford and that Coach Harris is a great coach.  The stuff about Stanford - I had heard all before, but he was telling me all about Coach."

The key question, of course, is whether the Cardinal are helped or hurt by bringing Walt Harris on board.  After all, Pitt never could break into the top five for Dray during the last half-year.  Stanford has been a consistent leader all along.

"I liked him, just not Pitt," the recruit reveals about Harris.  "Stanford is definitely high on my list."

Dray spoke quickly with the new Card head coach this week and remains enthused about the possibility of playing in Palo Alto.

"He told me that Stanford is a great place to be and that people come out of there very successful," the recruit relates.  "He talked about using me as a tight end, too.  He said that they need a guy like me to get vertical."

The four-star athlete has taken one official visit thus far, to Boston College last weekend.  Stanford is his next stop on January 7.  Dray could take as many as three more official visits after that, though he says the schools and dates are up in the air at this time.

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