Gray moving to QB

He's one of the top rated running backs in the state, but Desoto's Cyrus Gray, is willing to do whatever he has to do to help his team win. When coaches asked him to move to QB next year, he said sure. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop caught up with Gray to talk about the move and chats about Gray's latest thoughts on the recruiting process.

One of the most coveted Class of 2008 running backs in the state of Texas is Desoto's Cyrus Gray. As a junior, Gray amassed over 1500 yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground while also catching 38 passes for 438 yards and two scores. However, his role will change next season with a change in position to quarterback.

"The coaches needed me at quarterback, so that's what I'm going to do," Gray said. "I've been working hard in spring practice to learn my assignments and improve as a passer."

Desoto runs a spread formation which will take advantage of Gray's many athletic skills. However, the coaches want him as a signal caller for other reasons as well.

"I think a big strength with me at quarterback is my leadership and doing what it takes to win as a team," said Gray. "If you need me to find the open receiver downfield, I can do that. If there's a lane for me to run, I'll do that too. Really, whatever the defense gives us, we'll take it."

Gray also expects to help Desoto in other areas as he's been getting reps as a returner in spring drills. He also may see some time on the defensive side of the ball if needed. It's this versatility as a speed athlete that has college coaches from all over the country offering scholarships.

"I'm hearing from just about everybody," Gray said. "There are too many too mention right now, and I don't want to leave anybody out."

While Gray refused to mention any schools by name, many of the top programs in the nation like Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St., Nebraska, Texas, Texas Tech, and Texas A&M have stopped by the high school recently to see the blue chip back.

One school that Gray did talk about was Texas A&M. The Aggies signed two of Gray's teammates last year (Von Miller, Garrick Williams), and they already have a commitment from current teammate Tony Jerod. Will his teammates and friends have an impact on his final college decision?

"It would be a bonus if I chose A&M, but I'm wide open and I need to make a decision that's best for me," Gray said. "A&M is a great school. I've been there eight times already. I like the college town feel there, and I like the players and coaches. A&M is a school I'll strongly consider, but I want to look at a lot of schools and weigh my options."

Grays says that his teammates going to A&M respect his situation and have not pushed the Aggies on him too much, although he joked that one former teammate is pushing the maroon and white.

"Von Miller has already caught that Aggie spirit, so he kids around with me about it," Gray said. "He'll mention it some, but they know I've got to make the right decision for me and they respect that."

So what sets Gray apart from other running backs, and has made him one of the top 2008 prospects in the Lone Star state?

"I think it's a combination of my vision and speed and my ability to make cuts and make people miss," Gray said. "But I pick and choose my spots when I need to be physical and use my power for extra yards."

Interesting enough, Gray didn't start out his football career as a running back. In fact, he was the one opening up holes for other teammates.

"It wasn't until my eighth grade year that I talked my coach into giving me a shot at running back," Gary said. "In pee wee ball and up until eighth grade, I was an offensive lineman and a defensive linemen. I also played some linebacker, but not running back. Luckily, I got my shot at running back and it's paid off so far."

Gray is currently working toward the state track meet in Austin later this month. His specialty is the 100.

"I finished first in regionals, and hopefully I can compete to win at state," Gray said. "My fastest time so far is 10.43, but I haven't peaked yet. I've been focused more on winning than worried about the time I post."

Gray plans to narrow his list of top schools in the next month and will take some unofficial visits later in the summer. He expects to take most of his official visits in the fall and winter.

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