Gray knows where he’s going: Florida Gators recruiting

The Florida Gators recruiting class currently stands with two offensive linemen in it but is looking to add at least one more to it.

There are several targets still out there for Florida and offensive lineman Tony Gray (6-5, 290, Lawrenceville, GA. Grayson) says he has set up an official visit to Gainesville.

“I’m setting up my visits for my officials and stuff now,” Gray said. “ I’m going to Oklahoma, Florida and I’m going to…I forgot the other schools. “I got Florida set up already, the dates are 20th through the 22nd.

Gray last visited Gainesville over the summer so he’s hoping to get a better feel for Florida during his official visit.

“Well, I just want to see everything,” Gray said on what he wants to see on the Florida visit. “Cause all the times I’ve been down to Florida I’ve been down on a week where nobody was there and it was just like me down there seeing everything, so I just want to see how it really is with everybody there.”

Florida recently paid a visit to Gray’s school during the contact period and the contact has remained steady from the Gators.

“Yes sir, they came down to the school,” Gray said on if Florida visited him during the contact period. “Mike Summers, he hit me up a lot and talked to me a lot and we still talk.”

Offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier was with Summers during that visit and he had a message for Gray.

“Coach Nussmeier also came by,” Gray said. “He basically wanted me to come down and just see more of what they have to offer and stuff like that, just things like that.”

Gray plays tackle in high school but he admits that he doesn’t care where he plays in college.

“They say I can go at guard or tackle, you know,” Gray said on where Florida wants him to play. “But I’ll put it this way, whatever gets me on the field quicker and give me a chance to get on the field, I can do anything to help out the team.”

The Gators may not have told him a position but they’ve told him that he’s needed in Gainesville.

“Yeah, they most definitely are,” Gray said on if Florida is telling him he can play early. “You know they’re telling me that and stuff like that, but you know, you’re also looking at depth charts and stuff like that, so I’m trying to be able to come in (and play).”

For much of the recruiting process, Gray has been referred to as a mystery guy because most don’t have a read on him but the lineman admits that’s on purpose.

“Not necessarily, I just make everybody else guess,” Gray said on if he knows where he’s going to school at. “I know where I’m going, where I want to go, yes sir.”

Gray says that visits could change his mind but he knows when he wants to make a final decision on a school.

“I’m thinking it’s signing day or either before signing day, something like that,” Gray said when asked when he’ll make a decision.

 INSIDERS TAKE: Gray is one of the hardest guys to get a read on because he doesn’t say much nor does he tell people around him much. Sometimes even Gray is unsure of his plans, which makes it even tougher. After speaking with him on Tuesday, I left the conversation thinking Florida has a decent shot at him.

Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.