June 23, 2011
Houston-area DE ready to make everyone take notice
Klein (Texas) Forest Tyree Gray made his varsity debut at middle linebacker as a freshman in 2009 turning heads with his play, and followed it up with a solid season as a sophomore in 2010.
Gray was always a little bigger for his age, but when he moved up to varsity as a freshman he definitely felt the butterflies. Klein Forest quarterback Matt Davis helped calm his nerves telling him, "There was nothing to be scared of and to just go out there and play hard."
Ever since he has put his heart on the line and played all out.
At almost 6-3, 250 pounds he has already attracted college attention for his play at linebacker the last couple of years, but now he is starting to attract attention at another position - defensive end. This spring Gray made the move to weak-side defensive end, and while it has taken some time to adjust he has grown to enjoy his new home.
"I like it," Gray said. "It's a lot different from linebacker. I'm trying to transition into it so I can become the best player I can at the position, and hopefully make my team better as I move down to defensive end."
He has had to learn new techniques and get used to a different view of the field, but he has made a smooth transition. However, there has been one adjustment about not playing linebacker that has taken a little more time to fully grasp.
"It's probably not getting blocked as your first thing," he said. "At defensive end you're working off a block and making initial contact right from the beginning."
Learning the finer points of his new position are priority this summer and he has been working hard with his teammates in summer workouts. He has clocked a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash, and has maxes of 295 pounds in the bench press and 465 pounds in the squat. He has not attended any college camps this summer but has not counted out the possibility of attending a few or making summer visits to Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
Growing up, Gray followed a few teams listing Texas, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Alabama as programs he has admired as a fan.
"I watched UT when they had Vince Young and all them and I thought it was a good school and I like the coach," he said. "Oklahoma, I still like them they're one of my favorite teams. They sent me my first letter and that's why I really like Oklahoma. Alabama, I always liked them and I like the powerhouse they have and they always have a good team and they just play hard. Oregon, I like Oregon a lot. It's kind of far from where I am but I like it. And My brother's friend Dontae Williams went there so he talked to me about the school and told me it's a nice school. I like that one too."
Alabama, Louisville, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas have all shown interest and he is being recruited mostly as a defensive end.
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