J.T. Gray isn't exactly a chatterbox. The Coolidge, Ariz., athlete's sentences are concise. His responses are rarely longer than five words, and "excitable" is the last adjective anyone will use to describe him.
He does, however, have things to say.
He talks about how he views the state of Mississippi as home despite moving to Arizona as a teenager. He then names two early favorites. It's not a great soundbyte or a string of insight. That doesn't mean it's without meaning, though.
Gray already holds an offer from the home-state Rebels. Nothing official from Alabama has surfaced as of yet, but the two sides are in sporadic contact. Washington, Texas A&M and Nebraska have also joined the fray in recent days, though, each is still considering extending a scholarship offer.
"The coach from Nebraska is Ron Brown," Gray said. "He's recruiting me."
His agenda at this point is as simple as his words. Gray plans to attend a practice at Arizona State over the weekend and says he is also planning on being in attendance for the Sun Devils' spring game. He goes on to note that ASU, Arizona and Mississippi State are recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
But still, Alabama and Ole Miss top the pack.
"I don't have the Alabama offer yet," Grey said. "I have to go down there this summer and check it all out and see about the offer. And Ole Miss is just home. They're real close to home.
"My family is in the northwest part of Mississippi."
Grey is his usual reserved self when it comes to discussing which program may be the next to offer him a scholarship. He refuses to go into detail when it comes to a reason why, but he has his opinion on the subject nonetheless.
"I'd say Washington will be next," Gray said. "That would be my guess."
According to Gray, his focus will be squarely on academics when it comes to choosing a college.
As a sophomore at Coolidge a season ago, Gray recorded 112 total tackles, intercepted a pair of passed and recovered a fumble. He also ran for 914 yards and 15 touchdowns on just 60 carries.
He currently lists five scholarship offers.