The day before the first Texas Junior Day in the middle of February, Johnathan Gray was one of several players on campus early, spending the afternoon meeting with the Texas coaching staff and taking in a basketball game.
Last week, Gray narrowed his choices to Texas, Texas A&M, and TCU.
Now the big news is that Gray and his father made it to town again, this time to take in a practice over the weekend. Unsurprisingly given his status as perhaps the top target remaining on the Texas board and as one of the top players in the country, Gray reportedly received a great deal of attention from the Longhorn coaching staff, in particular Major Applewhite, who has taken the lead on Gray as his potential future position coach.
The coaches were far from the only people at practice in Gray's ear about Texas: 2011 commit Malcolm Brown and 2012 commit Cayleb Jones were in attendance at the practice and reportedly spent time talking with Gray. As Recruitocosm pointed out, the only guy missing was quarterback commit Connor Brewer.
And has been been discussed here and at Recruitocosm, there are reports that James Gray, Johnathan's father, would prefer to have someone with whom to share carries at the college level, in part because running backs don't have unlimited carries in their body and because his son has used up quite a few of those in high school. Additionally, Gray has had surgery shoulder surgery after each of the last two seasons.
In terms of the importance of the visit, following his JD1 trip to Austin, the next step in his recruitment was always getting him to a practice to observe the new Texas offense. With James Gray in charge of his son's recruitment, there isn't a whole lot of official information coming out of the Gray camp, but the family did sound impressed with the tempo of the practice.
The family plans on making it to several more spring practices and possibly some spring games, with the Texas spring game certainly a possibility. Despite narrowing his list, Gray could also take an out of state visit.