Texas Football: Johnathan Gray Commits

Lance HoneyContributor IApril 22, 2011

Johnathan Gray will add a whole new dimension to the Texas Longhorns offense.
Johnathan Gray will add a whole new dimension to the Texas Longhorns offense.

The news that many folks around the state of Texas and the country have been waiting for is now official. One of the prize recruits in the country has made his decision. Johnathan Gray has given his commitment to the University of Texas.

He listed Texas, TCU and Texas A&M as his top three, but decided to take his talents to Austin. Gray has become one of the most productive running backs in Texas state history and he still has his whole senior season to play. 

Gray will come in just a year after Texas added another prized running back in Malcolm Brown. Gray has more speed and versatility than Brown which could allow Texas to have one of the best tandem backfields in the country. With the mixture of Brown's power and Gray's speed, it could remind many of what USC had in 2005 with Reggie Bush and LenDale White. That combination should thrill Texas fans and especially the Texas coaches. Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite will have a fun time mixing these two players into games and helping Texas get back to that always famous running style.

Johnathan Gray has become one of the most productive backs in Texas history, as his junior season was one for the ages. Gray rushed for an insane 3,183 yards, scored an amazing 59 touchdowns and was honored with being the Texas Gatorade Player of the Year. That success was not anything new for Gray, as he rushed for 2,670 yards and 45 touchdowns his sophomore season. Through three seasons, Gray has rushed for 6,822 yards and 124 touchdowns. Those kind of stats put him in the category as one of the greatest Texas high school running backs ever.

Gray will bring a ton of versatility to the Texas backfield, as he caught 29 passes for over 450 yards and even added another eight scores. With that type of pass-catching ability, he is a dream for the Texas offense and could become a safety blanket for whomever is the starting quarterback. Brown will be the power that can wear down opposing defenses and then Gray could burn them with his speed and quickness.

It was fitting that Gray made this decision on his 18th birthday and Texas fans all over the country might have all gotten their own birthday wishes. Mack Brown has shown once again that he owns the state of Texas and is easily one of the best recruiters in the country. Brown has put together a staff of former players and experienced coaches that help him reel in top-tier talent year in and year out.