El Camino back commits to Memphis

El Camino had a fully loaded backfield this past season with the likes of Tavares Pressley and Jeremy Francis getting a bulk of the carries. With those two in front of him, RB Greg Ray (5-11, 205) took a backseat when it came to carries, but he still parlayed a solid season and his skills into an offer from Memphis and he decided to commit to the Tigers sight-unseen.

"I actually committed to them last week," Ray told JCFootball.com earlier this week. "I got offered by them and they have a good program and a good offense and my grandfather actually lives out there so I will have family close by and that was a big deciding factor for me.

"The coaches were real nice and offered me last week and I called them up last thursday (Jan. 17th) and told them I wanted to commit. They said they were really happy to have me and that I should be ready to come in and play."

Ray turned down interest from Louisiana-Monroe to commit to the Tigers and he said he will get out there right after graduation in May.

"I'm going to get out there and start working out with the team as soon as possible," Ray said. "I want to show them what I can do and how I can help out the offense.

"The coaches said I remind them of DeAngelo Williams, who played there, so that was pretty flattering.

"I'm a speed guy, but I can run in between the tackles too. My biggest asset though is my hands -- I can be a good receiver out of the backfield and that's how they want to use me."

Ray runs the 40 in 4.4 seconds and also benches 325.

He'll be in Memphis this weekend to check out his new school and get a feel for where he's going to spend the next two or three years.

"I'm excited to get there and meet with the players and get a feel for things," Ray noted. "It should be a lot of fun."

As mentioned above, Ray will graduate in May and he'll have three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

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