Eric Gray: Lynx to Wolverine

James Locke

    Lynx fans love him, opposing teams hate him, yet everybody who watches him play are always astonished by his pure skill. From 90 yards touchdown rushes to hurtling defenders, Lausanne running back Eric Gray is a machine on the field. His high caliber performances and widespread national attention led Gray, 17, to commit to play college football the University of Michigan on July 1st.

  Through his first three high school seasons, Eric rushed for 5,688 yards and scored 84 touchdowns. There is no doubt that he is a major component in Lausanne’s success on Friday nights. He has already earned two Mr. Football awards for Tennessee, and is on track to shatter multiple state records. Gray’s insane statistics have earned him a top 100 national ranking, and heavy praise by multiple major programs, including 23 division one scholarship offers.

   Since the beginning of his recruitment, the Michigan Wolverines held an elevated interest in the running back.  As a junior, Gray attended a summer showcase at the school, marking his first time at the school. The campus’s beautiful scenery and state-of-the-art athletic facilities instantly wowed him.

    Initially, Michigan was not the frontrunner to land Eric, until an official visit to Ann Arbor in late June of this summer. He explains, “At first i was like man i’m not going to Michigan, they’d been talking to me for a long time, but then i decided to go on that official and it was the best thing i’ve ever done.”

    The coaching staff reached out to the prospect on a consistent basis trying to persuade him to attend their college. Gray references this personal attention from the coaching staff as a big deciding factor, “I mean you’re talking to (head coach) Harbaugh and he’s telling you how good you are, and for him to tell me that i could come in and make a big impact right away, it blew my mind.”

     On his visit in June, the scale tipped in favor of the Wolverines. When asked about when he made up his mind, Gray explains, “I knew when i sat in the room with coach Harbaugh, I knew then but i didn’t tell him until a couple days later.”

Nine days later, he verbally committed to the University of Michigan.

 

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