Offensive line prospect Mark Gray, 6-2, 278, is another in a long line of talented Cubs players, and is the next to get recruiting attention.
"It's a pretty neat thing to get recruited," Gray said. "So many guys here have gone through it, and did a great job teaching us, and now I have the opportunity to teach some of the younger guys," Gray said. While Gray said he has a few verbal scholarship offers, he's generally on the "to-watch" list for many big programs, including UCLA. But he is hearing consistently from those big programs, has a list of six schools he favors, including one clear favorite. "My top six are USC, Nebraska, Washington, Colorado, UCLA and Boston College. USC is my top school, and I would love to play there. I have been following them and my family is a big SC family. If they offered me, I'd commit. I really liked it there. Boston College is in the mix because they are a private Jesuit school, like Loyola and it's a nice East Coast school."
As for UCLA, Gray said the Bruins are definitely in the mix and are a possibility – if they offered. "One of my good friends, Kevin Harbour, is there and he loves it and is always talking the school up. The facilities there are awesome. They put so much money into the campus there. I loved the vision Coach Dorrell has for the program. Coach Weber is recruiting me too, and he is a great guy."
While he plays tackle for Loyola, Gray knows his calling in college is at center. "I'll play wherever they want me to play, but I think center is where I will be in college. My dad played center (at SDSU) and I want to be down in the trenches."
At the Nike Camp, Gray recorded a 5.1 forty, jumped 24.8 in the vertical and did 28 reps. At the recent Derrick Deese Lineman Camp at El Camino College, Gray was was named the MVP there.
Gray has a 3.0 GPA and will take his SAT in the Fall.