August 24, 2010

Gray puts A&M high on his list

Houston Westside has a number of impressive looking receivers, including two that are well over six feet tall. But when a play needs to be made, it's 5-foot, 10-inch, 180-lb. Deante' Gray that normally gets the call. The speedy Gray, who also runs track, wouldn't have it any other way.

"It feels good to have passes thrown your way," he said. "I like to catch the ball and I like scoring. That's why we're out here."

A member of the class of 2012, Gray said he's been impressed with Westside's offense during fall camp, as it works to achieve a 50/50 run-pass mix, largely from the spread formation.

"I really like our offense. I think we've got some all district guys even, some real playmakers," he said.

Gray, who caught 46 passes for 509 yards and four touchdowns as a sophomore, is established as one of the team's primary playmakers, which has helped put him on the radar screen of colleges from aross the country.

"I've been hearing from Tulsa a lot, they've already offered; I've also been hearing from Texas A&M, Arizona State and Arizona," he said. "I really like A&M, Tulsa and Arizona too."

Gray said that he'd met Aggie offensive line coach Jim Turner and the conversation had left him with a favorable impression.

"He was really upfront; he told me they're going to be coming up to see me some more. He wanted me to keep working hard and they'd be around," he said. "That got me really excited."

Gray said he was hoping to receive an A&M offer, as he has family ties to the university.

"Two of my relatives went there," he said. "If they decided to offer me, it would be a great honor. I'd certainly embrace it."

Outside of having those family ties, Gray thinks A&M also has a couple of other positives off of the playing field working in their favor.

"I'm looking for a good engineering program, and they definitely have that," he said. "They also have a good campus lifestyle, which is something I'm looking for."

Gray said that, while he hoped to receive other offers from some Big 12 schools and possibly the University of Miami, he knew where A&M stood on his list of favorites.

"They're definitely at the top; their academics are good and I'm big on that, and you have great tradition there," he said. "They'd probably be at the top now, top three for sure."

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