Minnesota has been on an offering-spree in the state of Michigan, offering 10 players in the 2018 cycle. The latest being junior wide receiver Brandon Gray of Detroit Cass Tech, who was offered last night by the Gophers. It is his first Big Ten offer of the process.
"I talked to the running backs coach and wide receivers coach from Minnesota," Gray said. "They basically said they watched my film, loved how I played, and wanted to offer me. They also said to let them know when I could come up to talk them again."
Gray was the first player in Michigan's 2018 class to receive a college offer. from Bowling Green. Current Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck offered Gray when he was at Western Michigan last year, and the staff wasted little time offering Gray an opportunity to play at Minnesota. He has interest in the Gophers, and wants to take a visit to see what all they have to offer him.
"I want to learn more about the school," Gray said. "I want to meet the rest of the coaching staff, check out the facilities, check out the school, and the team. I also want to build a better relationship with the coaches."
At 6-5, maybe even 6-6, Gray is a huge target on the perimeter, with a long stride and long arms. He is a serious threat in the red zone, and mismatch against shorter cornerbacks. Gray has offers from the MAC, SEC, and Big Ten, and schools love what he can potentially become as a player, including Minnesota.
"They said they like how I high point the ball, and make big plays," Gray said of Minnesota coaches. "They said I'm someone they can go to in the passing game. They also said that I have a lot to improve on, but they could work with me, and become something like a big-man in football with my size."
Gray played at Southfield A&T High School his sophomore and junior seasons, play recently transferred back to Cass Tech, where he played varsity his freshman season. The defending Division I state champs are loaded once again this year, and have two other players on its roster that Minnesota has offered, Notre Dame cornerback commit Kalon Gervin and linebacker Deandre Square. Junior defensive end Andre Carter plans to visit Minnesota this weekend, and was offered by the staff at Western Michigan in June. Cass Tech obviously has a really talented team, that Gray believes can repeat as state champs.
"It's been good here, and I like it at Cass Tech," said Gray. "I feel like Cass Tech will better prepare me for college. The plan it to take it all the way. We have some big-time talent here, some that was already there, and the couple of people that came where I was from, so we have to put it all together. We're working right now."