July 17, 2006

Four-star QB Gray set to announce

Tuesday is a big day for one of the nation's top quarterback prospects as Columbia (Mo.) Rock Bridge signal-caller Logan Gray will announce his college destination at 1 P.M. CST at his school. The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder has narrowed down his list of schools to Georgia, Florida, Missouri and Auburn. So who will it be?

"I made my decision a couple of days ago after talking everything over with my parents and my coach," he said. "A lot of factors played into it but in the end it came down to picking a place where I wanted to be and where I have the best relationship with the coaches."

Gray broke down what he liked about each school.

"Georgia I like coach Bobo and coach Richt quite a bit," he said. "I've been there a few times and like Athens. I'm comfortable there and I think I can add a new dimension to their current quarterback situation. They tend to have more pro-style guys and I can bring a little dual-threat dimension.

"Florida is a great place, they have a beautiful campus and coach Meyer has had success everywhere he's been. I like their spread offense, I think I could fit in well with it and it would be fun to play in. I like what they've done there already.

"Missouri is familiar. I'm familiar with everything and it's the hometown thing where I could play in front of all my family and everyone. They also run a spread offense where the ball is in your hands a lot and you just have to make big plays.

Farrell's Forecast

I think Gray would likely play earlier at either Missouri or Auburn, but my guess is that Georgia wins out here. Gray is a competitive kid and isn't afraid of a big name recruit like Stafford and he feels he brings a much needed element to the Bulldogs with his ability to move around. Missouri is tempting and Auburn is a big-time program where he could compete earlier, but in the end Gray will pick Georgia and be in the quarterback mix after a redshirt year when Stafford is already a junior.

Forecast: Georgia

Confidence Level: Medium

-- Rivals.com National Analyst Mike Farrell

"Auburn has had a ton of success recently and coach Tuberville is a great coach. I like what coach Cody Borges has done there. The coaches have a great background, a winning background and I think I could get on the field early there."

Gray said he feels comfortable with his decision as do his parents. So how important is distance from home?

"Not very, I think my parents would be able to see me wherever I went," he said. "That wasn't really a big factor. It was more about being comfortable with my decision and they are."

With big name quarterbacks like Matt Stafford, Tim Tebow and others committed to some of his favorites, would Gray consider playing another position if he had to?

"Quarterback is first for me so hopefully I can get on the field playing the position I prefer," he said. "But if the coaches came to me and said I'd have a chance to play earlier at another position, I'd have to consider it. If it was wide receiver, safety or whatever I'd think about it, but I prefer quarterback and that's what I plan on playing."

Gray brings a lot to the table for any school. Despite his small frame, he's a tough kid and a competitor. He's an accurate passer and has very quick feet so you can roll him out often and keep defensive backs and linebackers guessing. The big question is, can he take the pounding in the SEC, the most physical conference in the country, or would he be better offer in the Big 12 where his style of play is more common.

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