Birmingham (Mich.) Brother Rice three-star running back Caulton Ray was hoping to make it to Michigan State this past weekend for an unofficial visit.
He wanted to show his mother around campus and show her why the Spartans were his clear cut leader. He had even talked about making a decision and officially pledging to MSU.
But that visit never happened.
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"I didn't get a chance to go," Ray said. "I had to go up to my school and meet all the parents of our players. I'm one of the captains, and our job was to meet everybody's family and get to know them. It's important for me to be a leader, so I had that responsibility that I had to take care of."
Ray, who is the nation's No. 53 running back, said he loves having that responsibility, though.
"I try to incorporate lesions that my family put into me," he said. "My mom and my sister would always get on me. They would always tell me 'be a leader, not a follower. You don't have to do the same things that everybody else does.' That's real important to me. I want to be a leader."
Despite having scholarship offers from Michigan State, Akron, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami University and Cincinnati, Ray admits he's leaning heavily toward Michigan State. He said when the coaches call again on Sept. 1 the only school he really hopes to hear from is the Spartans.
Ray admits he really wanted to make it up there last weekend for the visit.
"If I went up there, I was planning on committing," he said. "My mom just wanted to come up and see the academics. I want to have an agreement with her and have her support my decision. She'll support whatever I want to do, but I want her to also see the reasons why I like it. I'm going to go up there and show her it soon, but I'm not sure when because of the start of the season."
So why do the Spartans lead?
"I really like the situation over there," Ray said.
"I really like Dan Enos. He's my recruiting coordinator and he's also my position coach. He's really down to earth, and I just like him a lot. I got a chance to work with him at camp and see what it'd be like to work with him every day. He's really good at the drills, and I know I could be comfortable with him."