Gerard Martinez | USCfootball.com

2017 four-star Maleik Gray still interested in USC

La Vergne (Tenn.) 2017 four-star safety Maleik Gray still has Florida State and USC as his leading college choices, but knows he has a long way to go before signing.

Maleik Gray is already knee deep in basketball, keeping his body in shape during the football offseason, but that hasn’t stopped college football coaches from continuing to reach out to him this winter. 

Florida State co-offensive coordinator Randy Sanders recently stopped by a practice at La Vergne High School in Tennessee to see Gray and Texas A&M recently affirmed a scholarship offer.

“I thought I had already had the offer to be honest,” Gray said. “They just stopped by and told me they were going to be recruiting me hard and were going to come by here as much as they could.”

A four-star defensive back in the 2017 class, Gray already has suitors from across the country. He said early in the year that two schools were standing out to him early in the process with one being on each side of the country — Florida State and USC.

As of now, Gray said those two schools are still his leading candidates, but he recognizes that he has a long way to go in the recruiting process with more than a year until he reaches National Signing Day.

“They are still on my radar. I’m still young and open-minded and look forward to taking every trip I can and just see what school catches my attention,” Gray said. “I kind of want to let [the recruiting process] play out, but you never know. I don’t even know. I’ve got plenty of time.”

The long, rangy 6-foot-2, 205-pound safety said he hasn’t heard as much from the Trojans lately after the upheaval of the defensive coaching staff.

“One of the coaches that happened to get fired is one of the coaches I had a good relationship with, Coach [Keith] Heyward. He was the defensive backs coach, but I also have the linebackers coach, Peter Sirmon. Me and him have a good relationship.”

Gray said he hasn’t spoken with new head coach Clay Helton, who is wrapped up in 2016 recruits and preparations for the upcoming Holiday Bowl, but he admires what Helton has done so far.

“He has done a great job with the program, leading them on to the right path. I mean I want to be a part of a winning program.”


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