Joel Gray Takes in Austin

Last weekend wasn't one of the brightest spots in Texas' young season, but the outcome didn't matter to Joel Gray. The Lewisville Hebron offensive lineman wanted to get a taste of game day at the 40 Acres, and that is exactly what he got. He talked about his visit to UT.

"I really enjoyed myself," Joel Gray said. "We checked in at 12:30, and coach (Mac) McWhorter and coach (Bobby) Kennedy were right there waiting to greet me. I talked to them for about 30 minutes. Then they assigned a lady to show us around and answer all our questions."

"I really had fun even though the game didn't go the way that I thought it would. I got acclimated with what I wanted to see," Gray added. "I really wanted to see how Austin was on game day."

"We didn't see a whole lot of the campus, but we got to look at the field house. Obviously I was impressed with everything they had. They have a top-notch program with top-notch equipment."

Gray also got to check out the UT locker room after the game, but didn't speak with any of the players. However, he did get to speak with several members of the Longhorn coaching staff again.

"Most of them didn't feel like talking, but I talked to coach McWhorter a little more. I also got to meet coach McWhorter's wife and coach (Mack) Brown's wife. That showed me that Texas is a big family place. I've never met a coaches' wife on any other visits. That was pretty cool for me."

Gray has also attended games at Oklahoma and SMU this year, and he has big plans for next week and for the remainder of the season.

"I've been to Oklahoma, SMU and Texas," Gray said. "I'm going to the Texas/OU game this weekend and the Texas Tech/A&M game on October 13."

Gray has already received a scholarship offer early in the recruiting process, but he is not in any hurry. He is still very open and talked about what he will be looking for when it comes time to make a decision.

"I have received an official offer from Texas Tech," Gray said. "I talked to coach McWhorter and he told me that Texas doesn't give out offers until this year's senior class signs, and that is good news for me. It will give me a lot of time to think about it. I want to continue visiting different places and make sure that I am making the right decision. I want to make sure I've seen all there is to see."

"Obviously education is a big deal because football won't be there forever," Gray added. "I am going to look at the facilities and the coaches too. The school you choose is going to be home for four years, and once you make a decision you can't turn back."

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