Top 2020 offensive tackle Jake Wray enjoys Tennessee visit, keeping all options open
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Jake Wray is considered one of the top freshman prospects in the country. The 2020 offensive lineman from Franklin (Tenn.) already touts a who’s who offer list, with early interest from a number of SEC powerhouses like Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee.
The 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle visited with the Vols last weekend during Junior Day, meeting with coaches and hanging with buddies Cade and Cooper Mays.
“I really liked what I saw (Saturday),” Wray said.
“It was really fun. It was all-around good visit. I feel comfortable here. All the coaches are welcoming.”
Wray’s older brother is Max Wray, a 4-star junior tackle committed to Georgia. The 2018 blue-chipper was in Athens over the weekend, but Jake opted to go to Tennessee instead.
“(Max) was already on his way to Athens, so he was like, ‘You know what, it’s OK. I have a couple more years to recruit you,” Jake explained.
“He’s going to let me go where I want to go.”
Just a rising sophomore, Wray is taking his recruitment slowly, “enjoying the process” and “just laying back.” Although Tennessee certainly made a strong impression Saturday, Wray isn’t even contemplating leaders or favorites just yet.
“It’s really all too early, he said.
“I’m just exploring my options. I’m willing to go wherever I have to go, so if that’s on the other side of the country or right at home, I’ll go there. … I won’t be committing anytime soon. I’m just laying back. I don’t know when I’ll even commit.”
Five more nuggets on Jake Wray
1. He’s certainly interested in Georgia, with Dawgs OL coach Sam Pittman leading his recruitment. He’s thought about the possibility of playing with his brother in college, too. “It would definitely be really, really cool for us to play together in college,” he said. “We’re going to play together in high school next season, but he said he’s fine if where I want to go is not where he’s going. So it’s really what’s best for me.”
2. Wray “felt a sense of comfortability” during Saturday’s trip, spending quality time around offensive coordinator Larry Scott and new offensive line coach Walt Wells. “I was very comfortable today,” he said. “Obviously, with Coach Scott and Coach Wells. I like both those hires a lot. It was kind of a sense that we’re starting a relationship that we’re going to develop and it’s going to be a good relationship and I believe that it will be.”
3. Tennessee extended an offer last November after Wray attended the win over Missouri. “I came up to the Tennessee-Missouri game, and that’s when (Coach Wells) really started talking to me,” he explained. “I got an offer actually after that day, so we have a pretty good relationship.”
4. He’s buddies with the Mays brothers, but they’re not pushing him to Tennessee just yet.
— Stacy Wray (@StacyLWray) February 19, 2017
“It’s not like that,” Wray said. “We’re good friends, so we’re just hanging out and enjoying the process.”
5. Wray will play either left or right tackle as a sophomore, depending on where Franklin coaches prefer to position his older brother.
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