BEVO BEAT

Horns may have found gem in Gray

Posted June 11th, 2013

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Recruiting is moving fast and furious for the Longhorns at the moment.

Monday night’s news of Texas landing three-star Marble Falls wide receiver Garrett Gray makes it six verbal pledges across the 2014 and ’15 classes for Texas since the Teuhema brothers committed on May 30.

Gray is the first 2014 recruit to commit after attending one of Texas’ June minicamps. With only one year of varsity football under his belt entering his senior season at Marble Fallas, Gray came out of nowhere in the morning session of the June 9 camp and impressed enough to earn a scholarship offer.

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When Marble Fallas head coach Todd Dodge was hired in February 2012, the new head Mustang found Gray playing with the basketball team. The 40-year-old coach who’s spent his life coaching around the state immediately knew he was looking at an athlete who could help on the gridiron.

“It was obvious from an athletic standpoint.  You could tell he had a chance to be special,” Dodge said. “He was very raw in the spring, but he improved tremendously from Day 1 to Day 15 of spring.”

Gray went on to catch 20 touchdowns in ten games as a junior, including a three-touchdown performance in the season opener – his first varsity game.

The 6-foot-5, 205-pounder appears to have the frame to possibly play tight end as his body matures, but his almost unnatural speed – he was clocked at 4.4 in the 40-yard dash at Texas’ June 9 camp – could keep him on the outside.

“I don’t think anybody is ever going to say he can’t run well enough to play on the outside or in the slot,” Dodge said.

The 247Composite rankings – an average of multiple recruiting site rankings – has Gray out of the top 100 players in Texas and well off the pace of being considered a national recruit. But every year players shoot up the rankings after getting discovered from relative obscurity.

Gray could easily be that kind of player if he can build off his incredibly successful junior season while he continues to understand the nuances of a game he’s still learning.

“The fun thing about him is he’s not near as good as he’s going to get,” Dodge said.

Gray is the third 2014 wide receiver to verbally commit to Texas. He joins highly-touted Lorenzo Joe (Abilene/Cooper) and the incredibly fast Roderick Bernard (Houston/Sharpstown), and more could be coming. The Longhorns are still after four-stars KD Cannon (Mount Pleasant) and Armanti Forman (Texas City), and three-star Emanuel Porter (Dallas/Lincoln).

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