November 21, 2008
More offers on the way for Austin Gray?
One of the top linebacker prospects in the Midwest for that class of 2010 is Austin Gray of Warren Fitzgerald High School in Michigan. Gray already has three scholarships and will likely pick up more in the coming months. SpartanMag.com spoke with the 6-foot-2, 210-prospect last night and got the latest.
Gray just finished up an outstanding junior year in which Fitzgerald High School went 10-2 and advance all the way to the regional finals. The Fitzgerald Spartans were eliminated when they lost to 11-1 Bloomfield Hills Lahser by a score of 21-17.
Gary was disappointed that the season had come to an end, but indicated he was excited about the prospect for next year.
"We return almost all of our skill position players," he said. "We lost some of our lineman, but we will be working hard in the gym in the off season."
Gray's performance this year was a big reason the Warren Fitzgerald had their best season on over a decade. For his efforts Gray has received numerous accolades. He was named 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-County and All-Metro East.
After losing on Saturday, Gray did not get much of a chance to rest. He started wrestling practice on Monday. Gray will compete at the 215-pound weight class this fall. He also plans on running track this spring.
A few weeks ago Gray picked up his first two offers when the Purdue Boilermakers and Toledo Rockets offered him. Last week he picked up another offer, from Central Michigan. We asked him about the offers.
"It was great to get my first offer and the fact it was form a Big Ten school was even better. My Coach send film from our first two playoff games up to Central Michigan and then they got in-touch with him and offered me a scholarship."
Some have speculated that due to the Spartans getting a commitment from linebacker Max Bullough, that the Spartans may not be real interested in Gray. Based on the information we have that cannot be further from the truth.
"Coach Enos is supposed to come to my school next week on Monday and Coach Smith from Michigan has been sending me letter every week."
The fact that his primary recruiter is planning on stopping by the first chance he can get after the season ends is a solid sign that the Spartans are very interested in Gray for the class of 2010.
As far as where he stands in his recruitment, Gray indicated that he is looking forward to attending some of the junior day functions that schools will be having during February and March.
It is possible that Gray could pick up some additional scholarship offers between now and then. His Coach is putting together his senior highlight tape and several school swill be evaluating that film in the coming weeks. Michigan State has been very active in their recruitment to Gray. Not only did they have him on campus several times this fall, but he also attended camp this summer.
SpartanMag.com will continue to follow-up with Gray in the coming months. As of right now we have not come out with our initial class of 2010 rankings, but based on our evaluation of Gray and his early offers, there is no doubt he is a top 10 prospect for next year. The class of 2010 could end up being one of the best in recent memory and Gray could be a key reason why.
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