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Gray remains a wanted man

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With the spring evaluation period in full swing, guys like Detroit Country Day running back Jonas Gray are in high demand. The 5-foot-9, 206-pound running back has been getting quite a few calls already, plus his cell phone won't stop blowing up with texts messages from the college coaches.
"I get text messages everyday from the Notre Dame coach," Gray said. "I hear from Illinois every day. Every day I hear from the Minnesota coach, the Michigan State coach, Iowa, Purdue and Florida. I hear from pretty much everyone every day."
And it seems like every day he also picks up some new offers.
With offers already on the table from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan State and Minnesota, he's recently added offers from Purdue, Illinois and Cincinnati. But Florida is the school he almost committed to early in the process, and it's clear the Gators are still in good shape.
"It's tough for me to name top schools because it's so early, but I'd probably say Florida is my top school," he said.
"After that probably Iowa, then Minnesota and then Michigan State. If I was to get an offer from Penn State or Michigan, then they would be in the running for my top school along with Florida."
Gray will have a busy few weeks ahead. He plans on heading to the West Lafayette NIKE Training Camp and when he's done there he'll take an unofficial visit to Purdue.
"As I start to evaluate things more, I'm going on a trip to Purdue on the 6th, so I'll see how that goes," he said. "Then after I pick up some more offers I may make an early decision, or I may wait until during the season. So it could be during the spring or it could be like mid-October when I finally commit."
With some strong ties to Detroit, some might think he'd like to stay closer to home, but he also admits he's not tied down to the region and must do what's best for him.
"I'm not sure that location is a big issue," he said. "I speak with my mom about this all the time. Wherever I go she will be able to watch me on national television, and I don't get homesick real easily, so I don't think it's a big issue."
Gray admits that the recruiting attention is nice, but he's still focused on his senior season.
"For my senior season my No. 1 goal is to win a state championship," Gray said. "I feel like it's my duty to my teammates to give them my all and give them 100 percent."
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