June 9, 2009
Gray talks Nike Camp experience
The 5 ½ hour trip from Michigan was well worth it for Austin Gray. The future Hawkeye linebacker made his way from his home in Warren, Michigan to Champaign, Illinois to participate in the Nike Camp on Saturday and enjoyed the competition. He also enjoyed spending the day with one of his future teammates at Iowa.
"It was a great camp and I got in a lot of good work. There were a lot of great athletes here. It was definitely worth the trip from Michigan to compete with these guys," Gray said.
The 6-foot-2 and 212 pound linebacker has already made his college choice and will be playing for the Iowa Hawkeyes next fall. Saturday's camp was a chance to measure himself against some of the best prospects in the Class of 2010.
"I think I could have performed better, but it was good to get out, compete, and find out where I am at and then go home and start to improve," he said.
Gray is slated for the middle linebacker position in college and on his high school team, he doesn't spend a whole lot of time in pass coverage. Saturday's camp, featuring one on one passing drills against running backs, which was a new experience for him in many regards. Gray is not one to shy away from competition and he gave his best effort in several matchups against Austin White, a top running back prospect from Michigan.
"It was a little more chippy with him and we probably put our hands on each other a little more because we are two top recruits from Michigan."
The day in Champaign also provide Gray with the chance to spend time with fellow future Hawkeye James Morris, who made the trip over from his home in Solon, Iowa. The duo were virtually inseparable all day long in drill work and offering encouragement for each other during the competition.
"It was a good time hanging out with him today. I really enjoy his company and I am looking forward to get out to Iowa and getting on campus with him next fall. We were pairing up in drills and I enjoyed that," Gray said.
Gray will be back in Iowa City in a couple of weeks for a three day camp in Iowa City, where he will team up once again with Morris on the Iowa practice field for camp. He is looking forward to the return trip to his future home.
"I will be out there at Iowa a couple of weeks from now for a three day camp and I am looking forward to getting back there once again."
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