Lake City, Florida cornerback Roger Cray is another talented prospect coming out tradition and prospect rich Columbia High School. The sophomore, given he stays healthy, is well on his way to becoming one of, if not the only cornerback to start for all four years at the north Florida high school football powerhouse. He is also a player that is sure to receive his share of major college scholarship offers over the next two seasons.
“When you look at it, Roger has been our best defensive back over the last two years as a freshman and sophomore,” said Columbia head coach Brian Allen.
That is a tremendous compliment given the history of the school and the fact that Cray has played in the same defensive backfield as safety Trey Marshall the last two seasons. Marshall, who is a senior, was one of the most highly recruited safeties in the state if not the country in 2013 before committing to Florida State where he will enroll in January.
“I don’t know that there has ever been a been a cornerback that has started here all four years,” continued Coach Allen who also starred at Columbia as a player before playing at FSU and then four teams in the NFL before becoming a coach. “As a true freshman he had a great year. He had four interceptions with a couple going back for touchdowns.”
Coming off another productive season as a sophomore, I asked Coach Allen if he felt Cray could be one of the best to play at Columbia.
“He definitely has the ability to be,” answered Coach Allen. “He is a ball-hawk on defense; he goes up and gets the ball at its highest point. Roger is also a very explosive punt returner.
This season Cray totaled 36 tackles while intercepting three passes. He also has twelve pass break-ups to his credit. The sophomore was also a huge factor as a punt returner often flipping the field for his offense. For the season, Cray totaled 250 yards on just 23 opportunities while taking two returns back for scores.
On his highlight film, it is easy to see why Coach Allen is so excited about his underclassman. He is quick and has very good if not great speed. He can flip and open up his hips and turn and run from the cornerback position. He closes on the ball quickly and is very good at reading the quarterbacks eyes. As a punt returner, he really shows off his athleticism and ability to make impact plays. Cray has good vision as a returner. The underclassman has outstanding change of direction and shows a burst after he hits the opening he is looking for. On film, he looks to be a tremendous athlete and a very good football player who has major college scholarship offers in his future.
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