Aledo running back Johnathan Gray commits to Texas
The Longhorns have secured the top target for their 2012 football recruiting class with the announcement by Aledo High School running back Johnathan Gray that he has given a non-binding verbal commitment to Texas.
Gray, the No. 2-ranked overall prospect on the American-Statesman’s Fabulous 55, picked Texas over TCU and Texas A&M.
With Gray’s decision, the Longhorns have lassoed two of the nation’s top running back prospects in consecutive recruiting classes. The 2011 class includes Cibolo Steele’s Malcolm Brown, ranked as the No. 3 running back in the country by 247sports.com, the parent company of American-Statesman Internet partner Hookem.com.
Brown is a 219-pounder who is regarded as more of a power back while the 200-pound Gray is considered more of a breakaway threat.
Last season as a junior, Gray rushed for 3,223 yards and a state-record 59 touchdowns in leading Aledo to the Class 4A Division II state championship.
In the title game victory over La Marque, Gray ran for 325 yards and eight touchdowns. His 59 touchdowns last season broke the record of 57 rushing touchdowns set by Sugar Land’s Kenneth Hall in 1953.
In three seasons, Gray has rushed for 6,990 yards and 124 touchdowns. According to 247sports.com, Gray is the No. 2-ranked running back in the national 2012 recruiting class behind Keith Marshall of Raleigh, N.C., and the No. 15 overall prospect.
On the Fab 55, he ranks behind only Florida State-bound defensive end Mario Edwards of Denton Ryan.
Gray is Texas’ 16th commitment for 2012, and its highest rated. The Longhorns now have pledges from three members of the top 10 of the Fab 55. The others are No. 4 defensive tackle Malcom Brown of Brenham and No. 6 wide receiver Thomas Johnson of Dallas Skyline.
Gray said in a statement tonight: “This was a difficult decision. I chose UT because I get a chance to be teammates with seriously good players. Getting a chance to work with Malcolm Brown will make me a better player. I also feel that having a young staff and playing in a new offense will be exciting. I feel really blessed to have this opportunity.”