Gray becomes first Mustang to sign with Horns
February 05, 2014, 10:00 am by Mark Goodson
Garrett Gray became the first Marble Falls football player to sign with the Texas Longhorns Wednesday as part of the first class under Charlie Strong.
Gray signed before a packed house of friends and family at the Marble Falls fieldhouse Wednesday morning.
The 6-5, 205-pound wide receiver said he’s honored to be part of this year’s Texas class the first Mustang to join the elite Texas program.
While Gray is the first Mustang to sign with Texas during his senior year, he's not the first Marble Falls player to trade in purple for burnt orange. Offensive lineman Keith Virdell walked on in 1999.
Gray is only the second recruit to sign with Texas in coach Todd Dodge’s 27-year coaching career.
Dodge played for the Longhorns in the early 1980s under Fred Akers and said Gray reached a lot of goals while playing at Marble Falls, but the level of competition just stepped up.
Gray is one of five wide receiver recruits that signed with Texas in this class.
Gray said he had some anxious moments after Mack Brown stepped down at Texas. Gray had committed last spring after receiving several offers from Division I schools.
California Berkeley was the most persistent, stepping in after Brown left the top post at Texas.
Gray had a strong two-year run with the Mustangs. He finished with 160 receptions for 1,461 yards receiving with 35 touchdowns. He also had three rushing touchdowns and one touchdown on a kickoff return.
His most memorable game came against Boerne Champion when he caught 13 passes for 293 yards and five touchdowns in the game the Mustangs won, 62-55. Quarterback Mike Richardson threw for a state record 724 yards on 35 of 45 passes on the victory.
Marble Falls was 4-6 in each of Gray’s two years on the varsity. In 2013, the season came down to a Leander scoring on a late fourth-down play and then picking off a pass intended for Gray on a fly pattern into the end zone on the last drive for the Mustangs.
Gray was the only Mustang to sign on Wednesday’s signing date.
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