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NFL legacy recruit previews Clemson-Carolina visit

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Jeremiah Gray has seen his recruiting process gain momentum in recent months, and on Saturday, the Charlotte (N.C.) Ardrey Kell 2019 safety with NFL bloodlines will see his second Clemson game in as many months.

Gray, the son of former BYU, Indianapolis Colts and Carolina Panthers safety Derwin Gray, is set to visit Clemson with his parents for the school’s annual rivalry matchup against South Carolina.

Gray visited Clemson for the first time last month when the Tigers hosted N.C. State.

“I’m looking forward to learning more about Clemson through the pre-game recruiting experience,” Gray said during an interview with The Clemson Insider. “I’m also looking forward to experiencing Clemson’s amazing fans.”

Gray was first offered in January by BYU, where his dad played from 1989-92.

Wake Forest followed with an offer over the summer, and most recently, Penn State pulled the trigger on an offer following his visit for the Nittany Lions’ game against Ohio State in late October.

“Penn State was epic,” Gray said. “The fans at Penn State and Clemson are very similar in their passion for their teams.”

“Meeting coach (James) Franklin and receiving an offer right before the Ohio State game was a cool experience for my dad and I,” Gray added. “It was like a dream.”

As for Saturday’s visit, Gray is excited to continue building a relationship with Clemson defensive backs coach Mike Reed after meeting him during the visit in October.

“I’m really looking forward to talking with coach Reed,” Gray said. “He’s an elite coach and any opportunity I have to soak in wisdom from a coach like him, I’m excited about it. I also want him to get to know me, my family, and I want to get to know him as well.”

Gray had a productive season for Ardrey Kell. He suffered a broken arm after his team’s fourth game during the bye week and missed the next three games, but he is fully recovered.

“Overall, I feel good about my 10th grade year personally,” Gray said. “I grew as a leader and as a player. My football IQ has increased a lot over the year.”

The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder was recently one of only 600 athletes to receive an invitation to the 2017 U.S. Army All-American Bowl national combine, which will take place from Jan. 5-7 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

“I was blown away,” Gray said. “The invitation lets me know that my hard work is working.

“It’s very humbling to receive an invitation. It also makes me grateful for my coaches and teammates.”

Looking ahead to Saturday, how does Gray think the Clemson-Carolina game will play out?

“Rivalry games are always tough,” Gray said, “but I see Clemson getting the win.”

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