It was hard to miss Stonewall (La.) North DeSoto defensive end Hakim Gray at this weekend's Dallas NIKE Football Training Camp as the 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior is certainly very impressive on the hoof.
With several Rivals100 and Rivals250 defensive linemen in attendance at the camp, Gray feels like he held his own against the best of the best.
"I think I did pretty well," Gray said. "There were a lot of big names and I didn't feel like I didn't belong out there or anything. I felt like I belonged and did pretty well."
Coming from a school that has not produced a Division I recruit in a couple of years, it is not surprising that the recruiting process is playing out a bit slowly for Gray. However, one program has taken notice and he will be visiting in the very near future.
"I talk to ULL a lot," he said. "I talked to their defensive coordinator a couple days ago. I'm supposed to be going down there, actually, this weekend.
"They just tell me that I'd be good for their school and they want me to come down there. They haven't said they've offered me though."
Gray will also be visiting another in-state program in the coming weeks as well.
"I've also talked to Louisiana Tech," he said. "They haven't offered yet either but they say I could come there and play as a freshman. I'm supposed to going down there Apr. 14 for their spring game."
As far as schools from outside the borders of the Pelican State, Gray says the attention has yet to come at this point.
"My coach told me Ole Miss wanted to see some film of me," he said, "but that's really it for out-of-state schools at this point."
There are a pair of programs the athletic pass rusher is hoping start to show interest.
"LSU, of course," Gray said. "I'm really interested in both LSU and Texas. I was asking my coach if I should go to LSU's camp this summer and I think I'm going to go out there."
As a junior Gray racked up 65 tackles, nine sacks, an additional eight tackles for loss and four forced fumbles.