It took a while, but Maryland finally has Derwin Gray in the fold.
Gray, a 6-5, 295-pound offensive tackle signed his letter of intent last week. Terps fans may remember that Gray originally committed to Maryland as part of the 2013 class. But academic issues forced him to to the prep school route, to Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. He stuck with his commitment to the Terps through the fall and will now be a key addition to Maryland's 2014 class.
Gray was the No. 2 player in 247Sports' prep school player rankings while playing for Fork Union and is considered a four star recruit by Rivals.com. A native of the D.C. area, Gray chose to attend Maryland over offers from Auburn, Clemson, Florida, and Florida State among others.
In an interview with Scout.com in the fall, Gray called it, “an honor to play in front of your home city”, as a reason for why he chose Maryland over 19 other offers.
Gray made the choice to enroll early and participate in spring practice, along with fellow lineman, Larry Mazyck. So far, the two are considered possible front-runners for the starting tackle positions in the upcoming season.
As for now, Gray has made extensive efforts to persuade fellow prep stars and D.C. area natives to join him in Maryland’s inaugural season in the Big Ten. Scout.com reported that Gray has tried his luck at switching Virginia Tech commits, Holland Fisher and Cequan Jefferson, as well as Virginia commits, Andrew Brown and Corwin Cutler to the Terps.
After receiving an A grade his first semester at Fork Union Military Academy, Gray is back on track to play college ball for Maryland come fall.
You can see Derwin Gray’s high school highlights in the video below: