UCF Update on Victor Gray

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Victor Gray has turned a terrific senior season at Dr. Phillips H.S. (Orlando, Fla.) into a chance to play for a dozen of big time schools across the eastern seaboard and around the south. Where does UCF stand for the three-star end? InsideKnights.com found out when they talked to him.

It's amazing what a little exposure can do for a player. When Victor Gray moved from Maryland to Dr. Phillips H.S. in Orlando last season, he didn't have much more than an offer from the Terrapins. He now holds numerous offers and is rapidly receiving attention from schools across the nation.

"There's so much more exposure in Florida," Gray told InsideKnights.com. "Up north, you might have three scholarship players on a team but here you can easily have seven to eight. I don't think that changed the way I played though; I'm still the same player I was in Maryland."

Gray just celebrated his 18th birthday on Saturday on the heels of a big victory for Dr. Phillips basketball team, which defeated an unbeaten Bishop Kenny team. Gray is a star forward for the Panthers' undefeated basketball team, but he was just as dominant on the gridiron this year as he was on the court.

Gray is currently ranked as a three-star end and is 51st at his position in the nation. Gray helped lead D.P. to a 9-1 regular season, a Metro title and a playoff appearance that ended abruptly in the second round when the team lost a rematch to Boone.

"Boone was more prepared for us this time," added Gray. "Our defense held them, I thought we were sound but it wasn't enough. They played in a dime for most of the game and that prevented us from getting the ball into the hands of our receivers and running backs."

Gray recently received news that he was an All-Metro first team player and he decided to not play in any local all-star games so he could concentrate on basketball and on school.

"I'm just working on grades, those come first. I talk to a lot of coaches and visitors so I get pulled out of class a lot. I'm trying to not let that distract me from school though. I had all A's and B's this semester."

UCF has been one of numerous schools that have begun to heavily recruit Gray and he has begun to warm up to the Knights.

"I have a real good relationship with Coach Panagos although he isn't my main recruiter, but I like him. I've visited the school before during a seven-on-seven camp, but I'm looking forward to my official."

Gray will be on campus January 9th after he finishes a game against Olympia, one of the best basketball teams in the state. Gray didn't claim to have a favorite, but one has to believe that the schools he is taking an official visit to is amongst his favorites.

"I've visited Colorado State and Ole Miss. I really enjoyed both visits. I'm not sure though where my two other officials will be."

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