'Environment and coaching staff' keep Vols in it with Tony Gray

Tony Gray made a change on where he will play his senior year of high school football, but where will he be his freshman year of college?

How often does Tony Gray hear from Tennessee?

The Scout No. 10 offensive tackle in the South smiles and says with only marginal hesitation “24/7.”

Among the many schools across the South that offered a scholarship to the Scout No. 24 offensive tackle in the 2017 class, Tennessee’s offer came first. The Scout 300 talent said the Big Orange is in consideration because of “environment and coaching staff.”

Gray, who recently transferred from Central Gwinnett (Ga.) High School to Grayson (Ga.) High School, hears from the big man as well in fourth-year Tennessee coach Butch Jones.

“(Jones) talks off-the-field stuff like staying focus and everything like that,” Gray said.

Gray last made it to Knoxville on March 5 for an invite-only junior day. The number of prospects on The Hill numbered in the triple digits. Offensive line coach Don Mahoney spoke with Gray but not at length.

“Last time I went up there, I didn’t get a chance to talk to him too much because he had a lot of recruits up there,” said Gray, who first started checking out Rocky Top in early 2015.

“It was a lot different. They had a lot of things going on.”

The 6-foot-5, 290-pounder maintains that his recruitment is completely open.

“I don’t have no top 5s, no top 10, no top 3, no top 2, no top 1,” Gray said. “I want to let everyone know that I’m free to any and everybody. I don’t like when they say I’m going somewhere, I’ve got a top 5 or I’m a 100-percent Georgia. I’m not 100-percent Georgia.”

At The Opening Charlotte at Mallard Creek (N.C.) High School, Gray reached the Final 5 on the offensive front . He also clocked a 5.81-second 40-yard dash time.

He plans to make his public declaration on National Signing Day.


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