Friday, April 22, 2011
Top RB picks Texas over Texas A&M, TCU
By David Ubben
Johnathan Gray, considered to be the best high school running back in Texas and perhaps the best prep running back in the country, committed to Texas, picking the Longhorns over Texas A&M and TCU.
The Aledo, Texas, native placed a call on Thursday night to Texas coach Mack Brown and delivered the news, according to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Most individual prospect rankings haven't been finalized yet, but the running back can validate his non-binding commitment by signing his letter of intent next February.
Back in January, ESPN RISE named Gray, a 5-foot-10, 195-pounder, Mr. Football USA, the award for the national player of the year. He was the first junior to ever win the award.
In the state championship game last December, he ran for 323 yards and eight touchdowns, finishing with 3,183 yards rushing on the season.
It's another big pickup for Texas, which has hauled in one of the nation's top running backs for two consecutive years, barring a change of mind.
Cibolo, Texas, native Malcolm Brown signed with the Longhorns last February and is set to arrive on campus this summer.
The new offense at Texas has Gray excited.
From the Star-Telegram:
"The coaches there are turning things around and getting ready to have a dominant offense," Gray said. "A lot of the athletes I've played against are headed to Texas. I want to play with those guys. They are all competitors who want to win."
New Texas assistant coach Bryan Harsin, from Boise State, and fellow co-offensive coordinator Major Applewhite played a major role in Gray's decision.
"When I met them, they were so excited. They had an attitude of 'let's go and get it now. Let's take it full throttle,'" Gray said. "I like fast-paced offenses that are constantly moving. I like what they are going to do."
Texas A&M certainly would have liked to have him in the class, but the Aggies nabbed a commitment from Trey Williams, another elite running back, during last weekend's spring game.