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Tennessee RB transfer Eric Gray chooses Oklahoma over Texas

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Gray visited Austin on Friday, but opted for the other side of the Red River rivalry.

NCAA Football: Florida at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Former Tennessee Volunteers running back Eric Gray committed to the Oklahoma Sooners on Wednesday over the Texas Longhorns.

Oklahoma is able to offer Gray a chance to come in and be a significant contributor with Rhamondre Stevenson declaring for the 2021 NFL Draft and the Sooners missing out on 2021 signee Camar Wheaton to the Crimson Tide — Oklahoma has not signed a running back in the class.

After opting out of the 2020 season due to COVID-19 concerns, Kennedy Brooks should be back for his junior season and Oklahoma also has Seth McGowan coming back after rushing for 370 yards as a true freshman. But Gray should compete for the starting job and likely slots, at worst, as the primary backup.

That’s a slightly more advantageous situation than Texas, which hosted Gray on Friday — Bijan Robinson returns after he took off at the end of his freshman season and so does former quarterback Roschon Johnson entering his third year. The Longhorns also signed newly-minted four-star prospect Jonathon Brooks and remain in pursuit of Cy-Fair’s LJ Johnson.

If the Longhorns aren’t able to land Johnson, Steve Sarkisian and his staff will need to find another running back from the transfer portal with only three players currently on the depth chart for the 2021 season.