Gray skies headed to Lubbock

Hebron offensive lineman Joel Gray has seen his recruitment take off over the past two months and is now holding double-digit offers. With his summer tour in full swing, a trip to Lubbock is next on the agenda. RaiderPower talked with Gray before heading to Texas Tech.

When it comes to recruiting, Hebron (TX) offensive lineman Joel Gray was not expecting things to be quite like this. But then again, he isn't complaining. With 23 offers now in hand, the 6-foot-6, 278-pound Gray gets ready for his next stop.

"This weekend I am headed to Texas Tech," Gray said. "I'm really looking forward to it. After that I will fly out to California to check out Stanford."

Gray said that he and Red Raider commit Kyle Clark plan to ride together as they head to Lubbock. This trip is laid out to be sort of like a reality show to see how Big 12 football players live.

He explained his expectations.

"We are not just going on an unofficial visit, but to really hang out with the players," Gray said. "We plan to go to summer school classes with them and really get the feel for what college is like. I think it is going to be fun and I am really looking forward to that."

The Texas prep star has had an offer from Texas Tech for some time, but recently has picked up a few more from schools like: Wisconsin, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, North Texas, Florida State, SMU, Arkansas, UCLA, Duke, and Oregon.

As far as a timetable on a commitment, Gray said that September is the deadline so that he can focus on his senior year.

"I just want to have my senior year all for myself," Gray said. "That is why I want to get this over with before I start my senior year. I want my last year to be a lot of fun. Then I will go off to college."

But one thing is for certain, whenever he ends up, there has to be a solid connection between the head coach, the position coach, and himself.

And it seems like he already has that with a particular Red Raider coach.

"Coach (Matt) Moore is a really cool guy. He and I have a good relationship," Gray said. "I can say that I feel really comfortable with him."

With offers all across the country and a long list that has not been narrowed down, one may ask the question if location is a factor. Joel is unsure of how much distance will weigh into his final decision at this point.

"I guess I would have to say that location does play a role in my final decision," Gray said. "For me to go to a school that is far, they are going to have to really impress me because I have never left Texas. So I guess the answer is yes and no."

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