Cyrus Gray continues to turn heads

He's got over 50 scholarship offers so far, and with an impressive performance in a close loss to Bryan High School, he showed why. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop caught up with Gray to find out how his season is going so far and where he stands on his recruiting process.

Desoto (TX) High School standout Cyrus Gray is showing why he's one of the top uncommitted running back prospects in the nation. Playing quarterback out of necessity, the 6-foot, 190-pound blue chip took on a stout Bryan (TX) Viking defense, and despite losing a nailbiter 30-27, did his part on offense. Gray rushed for 161 yards on 20 carries and scored on a 37-yard touchdown run.

"Thanks to my line, I had a pretty good game. They were blocking well," Gray said. "Bryan has a pretty good defense, but we just made too many mental mistakes and let it get away from us."

Despite last Friday's setback, the Eagles are 2-1 with Gray handling the duties at quarterback.

"I don't throw a lot, maybe 4-5 times a game," Gray said. "I'm there because of my leadership and that I can make things happen with my feet, but I did throw one touchdown this season and I'm getting better at that."

But it's his feet and his running ability that is attracting the attention of nearly every major Division I program in the nation. The four-star running back prospect has over 50 scholarship offers to his credit, and narrowed his list down this summer to a top 10. He's still sitting at 10, and he's watching a lot of college football games on the weekends to look at several teams on his wish list.

"I watch a lot of games on TV so I can evaluate my teams," Gray said. "Last week I saw A&M-Miami, Penn State-Notre Dame, Louisville, Tennessee and LSU and several others. I like what I've seen on offense from Louisville, Florida, Cal, and Oklahoma State."

Texas A&M has been high on Gray's list since recruiting has started, with several former Desoto teammates in the program, and current teammate Tony Jerod is an Aggie commit for the Class of 2008. What were his thoughts on last Thursday's Miami-A&M game which the Hurricanes won 34-17?

"It was a speed game. Miami overpowered A&M with speed," Gray said. "They hit A&M in the mouth first with that long touchdown drive and never looked back. They played a great game."

Did the outcome affect his feelings about the Texas A&M football program as he moves forward with the recruiting process?

"Not at all. That game doesn't affect their standing on my list," Gray said. "Every team has a night like that where nothing goes right. You look at overall success, but you don't focus on just one game. Plus, there's a lot of reasons why I like Texas A&M. They are still definitely on my list."

One of those other reasons is that former teammates Von Miller and Garrick Williams are freshmen for the Aggies. Miller recently saw his first collegiate action and Williams is already receiving high marks as a safety who'll likely redshirt but will push for playing time in the spring.

"Von came to our game Friday night (in Bryan). We talked afterwards. He's liking it at A&M, and is just trying to get on the field and contribute," Gray said. "He says it's a different game in college. Everybody is faster and older. He says everybody is a man at that level. "

Gray is still not ready to narrow his college choices just yet, and hasn't started scheduling official visits. He'll probably narrow his choices down to five and start lining up visits by the end of October and go from there.

The Eagles face Arlington High on the road this weekend.

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