Joel Gray is a Red Raider

The start of fall practice wasn't the only big story line coming out of Lubbock on Monday night. 4 star offensive lineman Joel Gray, who holds over 20 scholarship offers, made a verbal pledge to attend Texas Tech. RaiderPower caught up with the blue chip prospect to get his thoughts on the Red Raiders.

Offensive tackle Joel Gray out of Hebron High School is the 15th Red Raider commit for the class of 2009. The 4 star prospect chose Texas Tech from over 20 offers and will be another solid addition to an already stellar 2009 class.

According to's rankings, Gray is the highest ranked 2009 Red Raider commitment to date. He is the 18th ranked offensive tackle in the country and the 30th best prospect in the state of Texas.

"I've just been thinking a lot lately and talking to a lot of people, and really I just felt like Texas Tech was the right place for me right now. When I was there visited this summer, I felt like I was at home. That was the biggest thing to me- feeling at home with the program."

Gray felt right at home in Lubbock and the coaching staff played a huge role in his decision.

"I talked with Coach Moore, Coach Littrell, and Coach Riley and told them that I'm committing to Tech. They were really excited for me and just welcomed me to the family. I've gotten pretty close with all three of them, so they were really cool about it."

Texas Tech is gaining quite a reputation for bringing in very large offensive linemen and Gray is no exception. At 6'7 and 275 pounds, he fits the typical mold Mike Leach looks for.

With so many experienced and developed players in front of him, Gray is trying to keep his expectations realistic with regards to playing time.

"Almost every offensive lineman redshirts unless there's an emergency or something unexpected happens like an injury. So I plan to redshirt my first year."

Joel is solid to the Red Raiders and stated that he is finished with recruiting. He is excited about Tech's potential this season and has plans to visit Lubbock for some of the games.

"I wanted to get my commitment out of the way so that I could concentrate on my senior season and not worry about recruiting stuff. So the plan right now is just to take my official visit to Texas Tech during the season."

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