Tony Gray is only a sophomore in high school, but his towering 6-5, 265-pound frame could help him pass for a sophomore in college.
The Central Gwinnett (Ga.) standout has already amassed offers from a handful of SEC schools, and on March 20, Tennessee joined a growing list that includes Georgia, Florida and Kentucky in extending a scholarship to the offensive tackle.
Gray took a visit to Knoxville at the beginning of March and was blown away with the indoor and outdoor facilities Tennessee has to offer. While the Georgia product has local ties to UGA and expressed a desire to play for the Bulldogs, he couldn’t deny how impressed he was with the Vols.
“The field, it was beautiful. The locker room was beautiful,” Gray said. “The locker room was more better than the Georgia locker room, to be honest. The indoor field is nice and it’s way bigger than Georgia’s.”
Despite his other offers, Tennessee and Georgia are the two schools at the top of his list right now — one because of its close proximity, the other because of the amenities it provides.
The sophomore hasn’t specified which school is ahead in its race to lock him down, but the Vols’ cause is helped by the fact that they were the first program to extend him a scholarship offer.
“I was just at Tennessee the week before, then I got the offer, and it was exciting,” Gray told Scout. “Tennessee being first to offer me means a lot to me. It showed me that they were looking at me early and you can say that it does help them some with me.”
The adaptable offensive lineman believes he’s best suited to play left tackle at the Division I level and spoke highly of his time spent with offensive line coach Don Mahoney and the rest of Tennessee’s staff during his visit. While he doesn’t have a clear favorite at the moment, the Vols are certainly in the conversation.
“I learned a lot when I was (in Knoxville),” Gray said. “I learned that the campus was beautiful. I learned all about where you go to school, about your work and stuff like that. They put you where you want to be.”
InsideTennessee managing editor Danny Parker contributed to this report.