June 20, 2012
Gray matter: Memphis star talks Vols visit
For Memphis athlete Donald Gray, the drive from the Bluff City to Knoxville was the worst part of his visit to Tennessee for camp last Monday.
But once on Tennessee's campus for the first time since a January trip, Gray enjoyed the visit.
"It was a long drive, but I slept half the way to try and knock a couple of hours off," Gray said. "The day was pretty cool. We visited the new weight room and the new facilities they're building, so it was pretty nice looking at all the construction workers work."
While seeing Tennessee again was certainly a big reason for Gray to travel across the state, he also wanted to measure himself up against the talent at the camp as well.
"It was just crazy. I saw a lot of people from different states so I was just eager to get out here and compete and show everybody what I've got," Gray said. "Mainly I did safety today trying to work on my skills and covering because that's what I'm going to do. I know when I get to college that's what I'm going to do."
Besides taking part in the camp the 5-foot-9, 178-pound Gray was also able to spend some time with head coach Derek Dooley.
"I talked to coach Dooley. Talked to him about a lot of stuff. He represents himself well," Gray said.
After visiting Tennessee, Gray said that two schools are standing out right now above the rest.
"I would say I don't have a quick top five right now, but Tennessee and Ole Miss are up there. So, the other three spots are up there and I might take more than five visits," Gray said.
Gray broke down why he has the Vols and Rebels sticking out to him right now.
"I would say with Tennessee academics, Vol for Life program and with Ole Miss, the people, the players and the chemistry I have with the majority of the players that are going there," Gray said.
Gray continues to want to take his time with his recruitment, planning to take his decision all the way into next year most likely.
"I would say going on into the next year after the season, getting close to signing day, that's probably when I'll make my decision. Other than that, I'm going to take as many visits as I can and be going to camps," Gray said.
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