Derwin Gray is the highest-rated Maryland commit on the Terps' 2013 commitment list, and he is looking to add to it. Participating at the Under Armour All-America game in St. Petersburg, Florida – the four-star talent spent a good chunk of his free time recruiting.
"Maryland is great, I love being committed to Maryland," he said with a smile. "Been a Maryland fan, I love the coaches. I'm just trying to build a team around me."
He had his eyes on a pair of the top uncommitted players in the mid-Atlantic region.
"My hometown boy (offensive lineman) Na'Ty Rodgers, and my fellow brother (linebacker) Yannick Ngakoue" said Gray. "I'm working real hard with Ty…I think we'll be looking good with him."
As one would imagine, the Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) Academy standout is not looking around at other schools at this time, but his academics have been an area for concern throughout the process. He reports an improvement.
"My GPA jumped up to a 2.7," he said.
Gray achieved the mark before traveling to Orlando for the week of practice before the game in St. Pete. That week pitted some of the best pass rushers in the country against him.
"It's been crazy going against these great guys, especially Carl Lawson," he admitted. "It's really prepared me for college. The tempo is way fast, it's very different than a high school game."
Though Team Nitro (White) was unable to manufacture a win on Friday's game, Gray called the week "crazy, fun and successful." After returning home to the D.C. area, it will be back to work both on and off the field.
"The plan for me is to keep working hard, and use what I learned from all the coaches out there," he added. "Continue my hard work in the class room is the most important thing right now, so I can sign in February.
"After I sign, continue getting the grades in the classroom and working hard in the weight room too."
Gray is ranked the No. 7 offensive tackle in the class of 2013 on FOX Sports NEXT/Scout.com