Cyrus Gray, the 5-foot-11, 190-pound four-star running back from DeSoto, Texas, says he continues to feel very open-minded. He has, however, set up an official visit to Notre Dame for their Nov. 3 game against Navy.
"Notre Dame is just a school that sticks out right now," Gray said. "It's a big name school and they've got a great alumni base.
"I know they've been pretty shaky this year, but I don't think it's too bad. It looks bad on paper, but they are rebuilding and I think it won't take them too long," he said. "They've got like the best recruiting class in the country for 2008 coming in and I think good things will happen."
Gray, ranked the nation's No. 9 running back by Scout.com, has over 50 offers. He still won't name a favorite despite his open admiration of the Irish.
"I still don't really have a top five, it's more like a top 11," he said. "I just want to take my official visits and maybe even take a few unofficial visits. I want to see how the players are and how they interact and I want to get to know the coaches better."
Although Notre Dame is Gray's only set official visit thus far, he says he knows which other trips he'd like to take. "I'm planning on visiting Louisville, California and Florida for sure," Gray said. "The last trip is still up for grabs. It might be Miami, Penn State, Kansas, Texas A&M or even SMU. Those are the 11 that I'm looking at."
Gray, who lives within 30 mins from SMU, has already attended a Mustangs' game this season and hopes to catch an A&M game as well.
The school that has impressed Gray the most so far this season is Cal. "They have a great record and are ranked number three right now," he said. "They are really doing great on offense and compete really hard too. They are really impressing me.
"But Florida is a great team too," he said. "I didn't get to see the Auburn game, but it's a big rivalry game and I guess Auburn just stepped it up for that game.
"Penn State has also been pretty good," he said. "But with them, like with Notre Dame, it's more about their tradition and history that I like. They have a big-time program and have it all…great degree, great fans, great history, great coaches. It's an amazing program."
Gray has helped lead his team to a 3-1 record while playing quarterback. He's rushed for 700 yards and nine touchdowns on 64 carries. He also passed for about 100 yards and one touchdown.
He reports a 3.2 core GPA and is taking the ACT on Oct. 27.