March 27, 2008

Joel Gray now holds six offers

Having received his first offer way back in September, it's not as if Joel Gray is new to the recruiting scene. Gray, who has been a varsity starter since his sophomore year, has long been one of the most sought after linemen in the state of Texas, but has seen his stock soar to new heights in recent weeks.

"Everything has been really good," he explained. "I've actually got 6 offers now, I've been really fortunate lately. I'm finally starting to get some love, which feels really good. Several teams have been telling me they want me, but it doesn't really mean much until they step up and offer, so it's felt great to get those offers. Like I said, I feel really fortunate to have those offers and am flattered that those coaches liked me enough to offer me."

The six offers Gray now holds are Texas Tech, Arizona, Ole Miss, Tulsa, Houston, and Louisville, but not all of the offers came about conventionally.

"With the Ole Miss and Louisville offers there is kind of a story," he laughed. "With the Ole Miss offer, it's cool because the coaches I was familiar with at Arkansas went to Ole Miss with Coach Nutt, and I guess they'd been keeping up with me and decided to offer, which felt awesome."

As for Louisville, Gray says he's indebted to a former teammate for helping him get the attention of their coaches.

"That's a really funny story," he said of the Louisville offer. "They were recruiting a DB from here and when Coach Alford was down here I guess he noticed me and then him and the head coach, Coach Kragthorpe, came back this summer and so I guess they wanted to offer me, so they sent that letter to me just a few days ago."

Though he's been busy for most of the spring visiting potential colleges, Gray says he's going to take the next month or so off.

"Right now I don't have any plans for the rest of the spring," he explained. "I have a busy April and then spring ball starts in May, so I'm going to try to get a lot of visits out of the way in the summer, that way I can actually see them and spend a little more time checking them out."

Gray, who suffered a torn ACL last spring, says his knee is stronger than ever.

"It's been great," he said of his knee. "I actually played in 11 games this season and now I'm getting a lot stronger. I'm actually lifting more than I was even before my injury, which has been really good."

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