Tuesday night was a big night for St. Peter's Prep (NJ) ATH K.J. Gray. The big news for the Jersey City standout came when he released his top 4.
These are my top 4 schools that I am considering. pic.twitter.com/seAHX8i1Tv— 5⃣Glizzy (@CampaignKJG_5) June 24, 2015
If anyone has been following Gray's recruitment, you may be surprised to see me refer to him as an Athlete, not a Wide Receiver. However, Gray is a self-proclaimed athlete now, as per his Twitter account.
I'm an Athlete, not a Wide Receiver— 5⃣Glizzy (@CampaignKJG_5) June 23, 2015
This is very good news for Rutgers fans, as there does not seem to be room available for Gray to join the recruiting class as a WR. Numerous times, Gray has displayed a willingness to play cornerback and wishes to be recruited as one in the future.
Gray attended the Knights Skill Camp over the weekend and caught the staff's eye on both sides of the ball. From this point on, expect Kyle Flood to recruit Gray as a defensive player.
Standing at 6-2 and weighing 190 pounds, Gray has a terrific frame for a cornerback. His experience as a wideout is crucial to his ball skills, and perhaps the strongest aspect of his game is his ability to go up and get the ball. His 4.55 40-yard-dash is not too shabby for his size either.
At St. Peter's Prep, Gray primarily played as a receiver, due to the experience and skill level of the secondary, that boasted three Division 1 players in Corey Caddle, D'won Walker, a PWO who recently arrived at Rutgers, and 5-star Alabama-bound DB Minkah Fitzpatrick. With the entire secondary moving on, look for Gray to make a larger impact on defense. Depending on how he plays, Flood and his staff could make a serious push and try to land another big DB to go along with Damon Hayes.
In addition to Hayes and Gray, there is a very strong possibility that Patrice Rene becomes a Scarlet Knight in the future, and that could mean Flood's strongest haul of defensive backs in his tenure. This group could go along great with the best group of linebackers in a Rutgers recruiting class in a long time.
Both Gray and Rene will take their time with the recruiting process and will likely hold out until at least the fall to make their decision. However, by the time this class fills out, there is a possibility that Rutgers will have an incredibly strong group of defenders coming to The Banks.