January 6, 2011

Tech making early inroads with Gray

Former Texas Tech great James Gray and his son Johnathan Gray were both in Dallas last week to take in a couple of bowl practices prior to the TicketCity Bowl. The 2012 running back out of Aledo (Texas) is going to be high on the list of just about every program in the country next year, and Texas Tech has not wasted any time in building a relationship with he and his father.

"We thought everything was great. We had a chance to get out there and watch a practice or two. I had a couple of friends in town and a couple of my old teammates, so we got a chance to get together and reminisce a little bit," James said. "We've talked to pretty much all of the coaches. Coach Sonny Cumbie, Coach Chad Scott, and Coach Neal Brown have all been guys we've gotten a chance to get to know a little bit and we've built a pretty good rapport with those guys. They've done a great job of keeping us informed of what's going on with their guys and just staying in contact with us every week."

After finishing off a state title run in 2010, Gray will have just a moment to relax in the spring before his schedule becomes full again with junior days.

"We don't have many plans for the spring right now. Johnathan will have some junior days to get out to and we're expecting to hear from a couple of schools on those. That's about all we're anticipating right now, though."

James indicates that Johnathan hasn't yet decided when he'd like to make a decision, but that it could potentially come prior to his senior season.

"We've talked about it and it just depends on how everything works out. I've told him that it would really be great if he could make his decision before his senior season so that he won't be having to go through that process every day of every week," he said. "We'd really like for Johnathan to be able to enjoy his last year, focus on school, and just focus on getting another title for Aledo."

Regardless of when the decision is made, it's a safe bet that Texas Tech will be in the mix as both father and son came away impressed with Coach Tommy Tuberville's first year on the job.

"I'm just impressed, I really am, and I think Johnathan would tell you the same thing," James said. "I like a coach who is kind of like my dad in that he's a disciplinarian. For me that's where it all starts. I like a coach who has control over his football team. It looks like Coach Tuberville is one of those guys."

"We're just going to have to be patient for a bit. The wins and losses will take care of themselves and I feel like Coach Tuberville just needs a couple of years to implement his style of play," he said. "I think with everything that's gone on around the program, he's done a great job of keeping everyone on the same page within it. It's been unbelievable to watch what he's done in some different ways that may not show up to the casual fan. He's the real deal and it's going to pay off eventually.

Gray currently holds offers from Baylor, TCU, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

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