Gray and Edwards Jr. go one-on-one

Denton Ryan senior DL Mario Edwards Jr. (left) and Aledo senior RB Johnathan Gray have already taken the Texas prep football scene by storm. Now the duo has its sights set on even more success. Sean Gallagher/ESPNHS

Their names often inhabit the same sentence, and few would argue that they are top two prep football players in Texas. Still, Denton Ryan senior defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr. and Aledo senior tailback Johnathan Gray had never met ... until now.

The two sat down to interview each other for the ESPNHS September edition in Texas, discussing their hectic recruitment and many accomplishments on the gridiron.

For Gray, a Texas commit and the reigning ESPNHS Mr. Football USA, that includes setting the state record for touchdowns in a season with 59 last year while leading the Bearcats to the Class 4A, Division II state title. And for Edwards Jr., who has pledged to Florida State, the top ranking in the ESPNU 150 and a Class 4A Defensive Player of the Year award are just a few of the accolades under his belt.

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Brandon Parker covers Texas for ESPNHS magazine and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @brandoncparker or email him at brandon.c.parker@espn.com.