There are some players who are born with football in their DNA and some who work hard to develop their skills. Class of 2019 safety Jeremiah Gray is both.
Gray’s father Derwin played safety for five seasons in the NFL, sharing time between Indianapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers.
The 6-foot 190-pound sophomore is following in his father’s footsteps at Charlotte (N.C) Christian.
Gray currently has offers from Penn State, BYU, Wake Forest and Purdue, but has a long list of schools that are showing interest in his abilities.
He said that while all of the schools that have offered him so far are on the top of his list, he is excited to see which other schools offer him in the near future.
“Penn State Wake Forest BYU and Purdue are at the top for me so far because they have all pulled the trigger,” said Gray. “However, I don’t know much about Purdue yet. But other schools that I really like so far are Clemson, NC State, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.”
Gray has already done his homework on the schools he is looking at and made quite a few visits to games and camps over the last year.
“I was at V Tech and South Carolina in January,” he said. “I was invited to NC State junior day, but I had a family trip so I had to miss it. And I haven’t been to any schools this month but I am about to confirm my Penn State visit this spring and I’m getting close to finding dates for Purdue, NC State and Wake Forest.”
Gray visited Death Valley for the Carolina game last November, and while he has not had any contact with Clemson recently, said he plans on coming to visit in the future to see the new football facility.
“I haven’t heard anything from [Danny] Pearman, but I expect to hear something from them in the spring or summer to be up there for a camp or visit,” he said.
In addition to visiting schools, Gray told The Clemson Insider he will be attending several camps this year.
“I’ll be at the opening and rivals in Charlotte,” he said. “I haven’t heard from UA yet though.”
While Gray has not received an offer from Clemson, he said he is looking forward to hopefully getting one seeing as it is early in the recruiting process for the Class of 2019.
“It would mean a lot because I really like their football program and the school as a whole,” said Gray. “I’m excited to see what the future holds with them and I understand it’s still early in the process you know.”
Gray said his main goal going into his junior season was to work on his speed even more than he already has in his high school career.
“Having more forward lean when I tackle and improvement on speed,” he said. “I have already improved major with speed because during the season I was in the 4.7’s, but now with training from a speed coach I’m between a 4.58 and a 4.64 consistently.”
Only a sophomore, Gray already has college size and speed at the safety position. He believes that he has all the tools and instinct to get that coveted Clemson offer.
“My sales pitch would be that I have rare length, a really high level of football knowledge, quickness and explosiveness especially when I jump and come out of my break,” he said.