Leominster quarterback/athlete Noah Gray is going from one Blue Devil program to another, having verbally committed to Duke University earlier this summer. Gray, a three-year starter and one of the top arms in a loaded 2017 Bay State quarterback class, is coming off a junior season in which he threw for 21 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-5, 224-pound Gray has also played tight end and free safety in his time with the Leominster program. His athleticism is on full display at both positions. Duke is recruiting Gray as an athlete, which means he might play quarterback, wide receiver or tight end. It wouldn't surprise me if Duke head coach David Cutcliffe kept Gray at quarterback.
For the purposes of this scouting report, I am going to evaluate Gray as a quarterback:
Gray displays good arm strength, especially on the fade and post routes. He also throws the deep ball well on the run. He puts a little too much air on the ball sometimes and it hangs a bit.
Gray is smooth and rhythmic in his drop. He has quiet feet and he sets up quickly. He maintains good pocket posture for a big quarterback.
Gray throws an accurate deep ball. He drops the ball in the basket on the fade and can lead a receiver on the post. Gray also displays good accuracy on the run, especially when he has to escape the pocket and throw to a receiver who has changed his route.
Like most quarterbacks, Gray needs to develop in this area. Most high school offenses utilize a half-read or three options in the passing game. Gray is fortunate in that he plays for a terrific quarterback developer in his head coach Dave Palazzi. Palazzi works well with Gray in this area as will Cutcliffe at Duke, assuming Gray plays quarterback.
Gray is a terrific athlete for his size. He runs with finesse and power with the ball in his hands. He can stick his foot in the ground and make a defender miss or he can drop his pads and run him over.
Gray has a compact delivery. He doesn't push the ball back and wind up. He loads the football quickly and gets it out. Gray can abandon his throwing fundamentals at times, but I've never been around a high school quarterback who doesn't.
Gray executes good ball fakes but he needs to drop his head, shoulders and chest more to sell the fake and hold defenders. He rushes his fake at times. Gray does a good job of standing tall off the fake, making his reads and getting the ball out.
Quarterbacks at the high school level lead with their play. Gray is a very good player who lets his play do the talking. He's not afraid to stick his face in a pile and push for extra yards if necessary. He's also not afraid to hang in the pocket and take one in the chops if he has to. He leads his team by playing the game the right way.
Gray can play multiple positions at the next level. Personally, I like him as a quarterback. He has plus-arm strength, he's athletic and he's tough. All attributes college coaches look for, especially if they run the spread offense. As luck would have it, Duke runs the spread.