Gray Talks on His Interest in UCLA

The 6-7, 275-pound offensive tackle prospect from Texas, Joel Gray, is committed to Texas Tech, but he took an official visit to UCLA this last weekend. He explains to us about his recruitment, and his interest in UCLA despite his Tech commitment...

One of the out-of-state players UCLA hosted this past weekend was Lewisville (Texas) Hebron offensive tackle Joel Gray (6-7, 275).

The Bruins had been on the Texas Tech commit prior to him selecting the Red Raiders, and he took them up on their offer for an official visit.

"It was amazing out there. It was my first time in L.A. and it was a pretty cool place," said Gray. "This was my first official visit and I had a good chance to see the school and UCLA."

Gray was hosted by a fellow Texan, Kyle Bosworth. "Kyle was my host and he's from right by me in Plano. He was telling me all about moving to L.A. from Texas. L.A. is a big city, but we're near Dallas so it's not like I'm not familiar with the big city. It is just a lot different than Dallas," said Gray.

Gray also got to meet with the UCLA coaching staff, specifically offensive line coach Bob Palcic, head coach Rick Neuheisel and the coach designated to recruiting his area, Frank Gansz.

"They know I'm committed to Texas Tech, but they said if I was still interested, for me to come out and take a look at the school. And they said they respect my decision to commit to Texas Tech, but if something changes, I have a spot there," said Gray.

Gray was at the UCLA-USC game on Saturday at the Rose Bowl, his first time in the storied venue.

"It's a lot different than most of the stadiums I see down here (in Texas) Down here, they are all 2-3 levels but at UCLA it's all one bowl, so that was cool to see," said Gray.

Gray said while he enjoyed his time in Los Angeles, he's not any less solid on his commitment to Texas Tech. "The (Texas Tech) coaches knew I was taking it. I had told them and they were ok with it," said Gray.

The news that Tech coach Mike Leach was signing an extension with the Red Raiders was also greeted warmly by Gray. "That definitely was good to hear because I know a lot of schools were interested in him," said Gray.

Gray said he's planning on taking his official visit to Texas Tech sometime in January. He's also planning to have both the Tech coaches and UCLA coaches in for an in-home visit.

He's ranked 19th nationally at offensive tackle by Scout.

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