Joseph Gray was surprisingly offered by Washington Thursday morning but to no one's surprise the Los Angeles Dorsey quarterback committed on the spot.
Gray, a dual-threat quarterback with an incredibly strong arm, had not been hearing much from the Huskies but his father, Michael, had heard some scouts had been at a recent game and liked what they saw from his son. Dorsey teammate Matthew Lyons has been committed to Washington since late April.
San Jose State, Idaho and Wyoming were the main schools after Gray but once Washington offered early Thursday it was a no-brainer and he committed right away to the Pac-10 school.
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"He's a hardworking kid that's been religiously committed to training in the off-season so I'm not surprised at the success he's having right now," said Ron Allen of B2G Sports, who works with Gray in the off-season.
"He has a strong arm and the thing I like about Joseph is that he's very comfortable and poised in the pocket. He's athletic enough to scramble all over the place if he had to but I think just being real committed to his development in the off-season has him back there like a field general being patient and making all his reads."
Michael Gray said Washington was his son's first choice and that became clear on the timing of his pledge - he was offered and almost immediately committed. Gray was the quarterback of Team B2G, which won the Badger Sport 7-on-7 Tournament in Las Vegas this spring.
So far this season, Gray has thrown for 1,108 yards with 12 touchdowns and two interceptions. Dorsey is 4-0 this season and has gone pretty much untested. The Dons face San Diego Mira Mesa Friday night.
"I've seen him check down and make his third or fourth reads and throw the ball that way instead of just relying on quick screens which he could do with those receivers," Allen said.
"His receivers are sick fast. He's really poised in the pocket and he's a gunslinger, always has been."