MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — Tennessee signee Maleik Gray searched for the right word to describe his passion for football and couldn’t settle on just one.
“Why do I love it? It’s just …. I can’t think of one word,” Gray said Wednesday night, shaking his head during his in-home, tell-all interview with SEC Country. “It’s scoring touchdowns, celebrating with teammates, playing under the lights.”
Gray, a 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety rout of LaVergne High School who ranked as the nation’s No. 78 overall player, explained his football fantasy plays out the same way each time.
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“Playing at Neyland Stadium in front of 102,000,” said Gray, the ringleader of the Vols’ 2017 class, an early commit who influenced several others to jump on board at Tennessee.
“I just can’t imagine it getting any greater than that. Just sitting in that stadium last season watching Tennessee play gave me chills.”
Gray has learned nothing comes easily, so at a time when other high school seniors are focused on a good time, the Vols’ future No. 4 is focused on grind time.
“I’m looking forward to coming in and working hard in the weight room,” Gray said. “Getting with coach (Charlton) Warren and learning as much as possible and making an impact.”
Gray and fellow LaVergne standout Princeton Fant are expected to report at the end of May.