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2017 ATH Gray talks FSU offer

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Maleik Gray, a class of 2017 athlete from La Vergne, (Tenn.) received an offer from Florida State during camp on Thursday. The Seminoles were Gray's top choice even before they offered, followed by SEC schools Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Kentucky. Of those schools, Alabama and Georgia have yet to offer, but his impressive and growing offers list already includes Ohio State, Tennessee,Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Kentucky.
"I was here to earn an offer," said Gray, who stands at 6-foot-2, 185 pounds. "I like the school, the players, the mentality they have here and I want to be a part of this organization."
The Tide are second on his list. He visited earlier in the offseason during a 7-on-7 camp.
"I've been there and I love the stadium, love the academics and the tour I got around the school," he said. "Me being an upcoming sophomore and to have a chance to experience that was nice."
Gray has yet to visit Georgia but was offered by the Bulldogs four months ago.
"Coach Pruitt has been watching me," he said. "He's the one who offered me and they want me to take a trip there, so I'll see when I can go."
As for the home-state team, the Volunteers, he's been numerous times.
"I just love the atmosphere," he said. "You know how big the stadium is - it gives me chills. They say they really like me and want me really bad."
Kentucky intrigues him based on what he was told during a visit about technology the Wildcats use that he says is similar to that which the United States Men's National team used while training for the World Cup.
"It detected whether a player was tired," he said. "It really caught my attention."
Despite the excitement of the Seminoles offer, he's not ready to commit just yet.
"I thank god for all the offers," he said. "I'll continue to do my best and won't use (the offers) as a reason to stop doing what I'm doing. I'm going to keep my grades up and keep working hard."
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