Lausanne running back Eric Gray has decommitted from Michigan. The four-star RB made the announcement on Twitter Saturday morning.
“The University of Michigan gave me an incredible opportunity to be a part of an excellent program,” wrote Gray in the tweet. “However at this time I feel it’s best for me and my family to re-open my recruitment and de-commit from the university.”
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior is the No. 3 all-purpose back and No. 8 overall prospect in Tennessee according to the 247Sports composite.
Gray said on Sunday that he plans to visit two of the following three schools before signing day: Ole Miss, Alabama, and Texas A&M.
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“More than likely it will be Ole Miss and Alabama, and if not Alabama it will be Ole Miss and Texas A&M,” Gray said Sunday at the Tennessee Titans Mr. Football awards in Nashville.
He was scheduled to visit Texas A&M on Nov. 24, but canceled because of a scheduling conflict with Mr. Football.
Gray has taken official visits to Michigan, Penn State, and Tennessee.
In addition to his official visit, Gray has made two unofficial visits to Tennessee. One on Oct. 20 when the Vols hosted Alabama, and the other on Nov. 17 when the Vols played Missouri. Gray was initially supposed to visit Michigan during the weekend of Nov. 17, but canceled the trip to go see the Vols.
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“I think he’s doing well. He’s got the right coaches,” said Gray of Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt on Nov. 17. “He just has to get his players in there.”
Gray committed to Michigan on July 1. As the season went on, his commitment began to waver over growing concerns about going to school so far away from Memphis.
“It’s the travel and my mom getting there,” Gray told USA Today Network on Nov. 17. “It’s not the only school I can do what I need to do.”
Read the rest of the story at the Memphis Commercial Appeal.
E.J. Bates keeps a close eye on his son, Emoni, and Javaughn Hannah.
E.J. is the founder and basketball coach of Bates Fundamentals. Emoni and Hannah, two of his star pupils, made their high school varsity debuts this week as freshmen.
Emoni, ranked as the No. 1 high school freshman in the country according to Future150, scored 32 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in Ypsilanti Lincoln (Mich.) High School’s 80-69 win over Ann Arbor Huron on Monday in the Ypsilanti Tip-off Classic at Eastern Michigan.
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On Thursday, Hannah scored 24 points and had eight rebounds in Mt. Clemens’ 60-31 victory over Armada.
Javaughn Hannah of Mount Clemens shows his movement at a lane agility drill test during Bates Fundamentals Basketball Training at Lincoln High School in Augusta Township, Saturday, February 17, 2018. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)
Emoni, now 6-foot-8 and the No. 3 player in Michigan according to the Free Press, has been in the national spotlight since he was in the seventh-grade. The 6-4 Hannah, like Bates, has already drawn interest from Michigan and Michigan State.
“Florida State has offered Emoni. DePaul has offered. Both Javaughn and Emoni have been to Michigan and Michigan State,” E.J. said.
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Bates can do everything on the floor from shooting 3s, going to the basket, playing point guard, shooting guard or in the post. Hannah had a dunk during his big debut for Mt. Clemens and has NBA range on his jump shot.
“Not only is Javaughn one of the best freshman in the state, he’s one of the best freshmen in the country,” E.J. said. “He’s already one of the top players in Michigan regardless of class. Emoni could’ve had 40 and 20 (rebounds), but it was a good start. They’re a small team so they’re going to have to run and press.”
Read the rest of the story at the Detroit Free Press.
Eric Gray is headed back to Knoxville.
And that could spell disaster for Michigan as it tries to keep the Lausanne standout running back for its 2019 class.
Gray, a four-star prospect, will take an unofficial visit to Tennessee on Saturday to attend the Volunteers’ game with Missouri. It will be his third trip to see the Vols this season, according to 247Sports. Gray took an official trip on Sept. 22 when the Vols played Florida and an unofficial on Oct. 20 when the Vols hosted Alabama.
Gray had originally planned on visiting Michigan on Saturday. However, Gray told the USA Today Network – Tennessee that his commitment to Michigan is wavering.
“It’s kind of hanging in the balance right now,” said Gray of his commitment to Michigan. “I just want to keep my options open. Michigan is kind of far away.
“I’m trying to keep my options open, and seeing where things go.”
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Gray is a prolific running back and has been named a Tenneessee Titans Mr. Football the past two seasons, winning it in DII-A in 2016 and DII-AA in 2017. He’s a finalist again this year.
Gray said he has kept track of Tennessee and what coach Jeremy Pruitt has done in his first season.
“Everyone said when they couldn’t move the ball on Charlotte, why would I think about going there,” Gray said. “Then they went and beat Kentucky, the No. 12 team in the country.
“I think he’s doing well. He’s got the right coaches. He just has to get his players in there.”
Gray said travel is the biggest drawback to Michigan.
“It’s the travel and my mom getting there,” Gray said. “It’s not the only school I can do what I need to do.”
Read the full article at the Nashville Tennessean.
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