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Texas Recruiting 2012: Running Back Big Board Update

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Top 2012 target Johnathan Gray, a running back from Aledo (photo by the author).
Top 2012 target Johnathan Gray, a running back from Aledo (photo by the author).

Needs -- One or two

Name School JD invite? Offer?

Commitment/ odds


Quick take
Johnathan Gray
Feb. 13
  • Texas
  • TCU
  • Texas A&M
  • Oklahoma

2/21: Texas probably leads for Gray after he came down early for JD1 and received his offer Saturday, along with some face time with Major Applewhite and Manny Diaz at the basketball game. Some rumors he is a silent Texas commit. Visited Texas A&M for their "Elite" J-Day. No other visits scheduled. 

2/7: The ESPN RISE National Player of the Year as a junior, Gray put his mark on another state championship game, scoring 8 TDs and racking up 320 yards. Ideal RB build, vision, and feet. Best 100m time of 10.58. Scouting report. Shoulder surgeries after each of last two seasons. Father played RB at Tech.

Trey Williams
Spring Dekaney
Will not attend Unlikely N/A
  • Texas
  • Alabama
  • Auburn
  • Texas A&M
  • Texas Tech

2/21: Told Gerry Hamilton of on Monday night that he will not attend JD2. Not clear if that was his decision or if the coaching staff asked him to come in at a later time.

2/7: Short, powerfully built back who can break tackles, outrun defensive backs. Would fit well in zone-blocking scheme as more powerful version of Boise State's Jeremy Avery. Greg Davis would have passed because of concerns about bliz pick-up. Could make impact in return game. Video.


Off the board -- Tim Wright (LaMarque)

Other names to know -- Terrance Taylor (Diboll), Jonathan Williams (Allen)

Timetable -- 


  • Johnathan Gray -- Gray could make his decision as early as this spring, but will likely wait to see more of the Texas offense, possibly in action during a spring practice or the spring game. Most likely will commit by the start of his senior season.
Moving forward -- Gray has been and will remain the top target until he makes his decision and right now Texas is in excellent shape as Gray's father reportedly likes the potential of Gray and Malcolm Brown playing together. For the elder Gray, he sees it as an opportunity to save wear and tear on his son by splitting carries in college. Good news for the 'Horns, as TCU looks like the main competition at this point and the Horned Frogs traditionally have not won these type of recruiting battles with Texas. 

With the news breaking on Monday evening that Trey Williams will not attend the second Texas Junior Day, it's looking increasingly likely that the Longhorns are going all in with Johnathan Gray, much as they did last year with Malcolm Brown. Williams told the Rivals Texas Tech affiliate on Monday evening that the Texas coaches asked him to reschedule his JD1 visit. It's still possible that Williams could come to Austin at a later date and receive an offer and whether or not that happens depends on whether Williams is still considering Texas and whether the Longhorns are still considering Williams. Right now, it looks possible that one or both sides are ready to look in other directions.