If football fans thought a year of defenses preparing for Aledo's Johnathan Gray was honestly going to slow him down, they were wrong.
The Bearcats are 4-0 and the No. 1 team in the state behind a huge efforts from the junior.
A total of 96 carries for 673 yards and 11 touchdowns. An average of 7.16 yards per carry.
"The biggest two differences I see in Johnathan this year compared to last year are number one, maturity off the field," said Aledo head coach Tim Buchanan. "His classroom stuff is really really big. As a ninth grader, we had to stay on him about making it to tutorials and stuff to make straight A's. Now, he does it on his own.
"The second is his maturity on the field. He does a good job of helping the offense as a team leader. Making sure we don't get too high or too low. He doesn't feel like he has to break every run for a touchdown. When we need a first down, he gets a first down. It shows a lot of maturity. He puts the team first. It's a lot different from where he was as a freshman or sophomore running back."
With Gray showing the ability to choose his spots on the field, it should only make the Scout.com 5-star running back even better. Schools like Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, TCU and Texas A&M should be considered as the favorites, but he also has some SEC powers on the list.
Where does Gray stack up on the list of all-time running backs Buchanan has coached?
"I have been pretty fortunate to coach a lot of good running backs. I was an assistant coach in College Station and coached Clif Groce, who played I think seven years in the league for the Colts," said the Aledo head coach. "I also coached Ryan Christian who played at TCU and is in the Canadian League. John when compared to those guys is a lot faster. He is a lot bigger and more physical. As far as a running back, he is the best as a true running back. I'm going to have to rank John a head of all them as a junior in high school. The sky is the limit, but only he has the ability to choose how he will pan out."