Future UT commit showcasing versatility

July, 12, 2011
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Texas commit Johnathan Gray is the nation's No. 2 running back and No. 8 overall recruit, but despite his reputation as a physical runner, he showcased his abilities in the passing game during last week's 7-on-7 event in Oregon hosted by Nike, "The Opening."

ESPN Recruiting's Corey Long was there and talked to the future Longhorn:
"I think I have the best hands of any running back in the nation," Gray said. "Catching and blocking are what makes a complete running back and those are two aspects of my game I work on regularly."

As for the running part, Gray seems to have that down pretty good. After a stellar junior season with 3,183 yards and 59 touchdowns, Gray was named the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year. For his career he has already passed the 100-touchdown mark and is approaching 6,000 total rushing yards.

Going into the offseason Gray was one of the most coveted backs in the nation but he chose to commit to the Texas Longhorns in April over TCU and Texas A&M.

Here's more from ESPN Dallas on Gray's commitment, but Long caught up with a few more Longhorns, too. Gray's quarterback at the event was Connor Brewer, one of the first commitments in Texas' 2012 class.
"As a player I knew he had 60 touchdowns in a season and it's obvious he's one of the best running backs in the country," said Brewer, a four-star QB from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral who is No. 26 in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 3 QB. "With he and I being on the same team here, I see everything up close.

"He's fast and explosive and he just makes plays. I know I can get him the ball and he'll get 20 yards."

It's a longer look at Gray during the summer camp circuit while players on campus are going through voluntary workouts without coaches, so go check it out.

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