January 29, 2009

Spartans stop in to check out Gray

Earlier this week Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio was able to stop into several high schools of top prospects for the class of 2010. One place he and Assistant Coach Dan Enos hit was Warren Fitzgerald High School. Fitzgerald is home to 2010 linebacker prospect Austin Gray. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Gray is one of the top prospects in Michigan for next year and is already seeing his recruitment heat up.

Gray is one of the few prospects in Michigan that currently has multiple scholarship offers on the table. Purdue, Indiana, Central Michigan and Toledo ar eteh programs that have extended an early scholarship offer to him.

SpartanMag.com caught up with Gray's High School Coach Jason Byers last night, and was able to find out the latest on Gray's recruitment.

"Things are going very well for Austin," Byers said." Coach Dantonio and Coach Enos were in on Tuesday and Coach Rod Smith from Michigan also stopped by that day. Penn State, Iowa, Indiana and Central Michigan have also all been in. Pitt, Vanderbilt and Maryland have called."

What type of information did Coach Dantonio provide?

"Coach Dantonio said they like Austin a lot. He said he definitely thinks he is a Big Ten player. Michigan State likes Austin as a middle linebacker and they already have Max Bullough, but it is possible that one of them could play another spot. Michigan State has also said they plan on taking a fullback for the class of 2010. So that is something to consider.

Gray is preparing to his several junior days and a stop into Michigan State is planned for the 22nd of February. This weekend Gray may be heading east to check out an ACC school.

"Maryland seems like they are very interested in Austin," Byers said. "They really want him to come out there this weekend so he may be making that trip. It is around 9 hours, but Maryland is a good program so it is worth a look."

As far as a favorite schools at this point, Byers indicated that Gray is keeping an open mind, but obviously the in-state schools have a lot to offer. Gray has some family ties to Purdue and he enjoyed camping at Penn State last summer. The plan is for Gray to make a decision prior to his senior year so he can focus on school and his season.

Last fall Gray helped lead Warren Fitzgerald to one of its best season in school history. The team finished with a 10-2 overall record and advance all the way to the regional finals. Gray led the team in tackles from his linebacker spot and was named 1st Team All-Conference, 1st Team All-County and All-Metro East.

SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow-up with Coach Byers and Gray next. It is very possible that his offer list could increase in the near future. The class of 2010 is shaping up to be very solid from an in-state talent perspective and Gray is one of the big reasons why.


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