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Addressing the Gray rumors

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Rumors have swirled over the last few days that Aledo (Texas) running back Johnathan Gray had committed to the University of Texas. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior is one of the most highly-coveted prospects in the country for the class of 2012 and was in Austin on Saturday for a pre-junior day visit.
Johnathan and his father, James Gray, had a chance to meet with the Texas coaches as well as attend a basketball game against Baylor. While everything went well, the Rivals250 to Watch list member did not pull the trigger on a commitment.
"Yesterday some said (Johnathan) committed and he didn't," James Gray said on Sunday evening.
The family did enjoy the trip, though.
"Junior day was a good visit," the elder Gray said. "Having a chance to meet the new staff was important because it gave us an idea of what direction they're going.
"Offensively they're trying to get back to running the football and that is impressive."
The pair spent a lot of time meeting with co-offensive coordinators Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite during the visit.
"Coach Harsin and coach Applewhite seem to have a good relationship," Gray said. "We also had a chance to meet and talk to returning players and they were excited about the challenge ahead of them. It really was an honor to be invited."
The Grays plan is to see another in-state program next weekend.
"Next visit is to (Texas) A&M on the 20th," he said.
Gray rushed for 3,223 yards and 59 touchdowns, averaging over nine yards per carry, in helping lead Aledo to a second straight state championship this past season.
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