BLOG — Ole Miss’ early evaluation of tight end Austin Ray has turned into a verbal commitment at a needed spot.The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Ray, who is entering his senior season at Rock Bridge High in Columbia, Mo., is the Rebels’ eighth verbal commitment for the 2012 football signing class. He made his decision today after visiting Oxford this past month for a camp. Ray is rated as one of the top 10 or 15 prospects in the state of Missouri, according to Scout.com recruiting analyst J.P. Rock, who has seen Ray play in person.
“Austin is a legit 6-6, 230, 235, who is consistently in the 4.68-4.72 (40-yard dash) range. He plays three sports and is really just a fluid athlete,” Rock said. “He runs really well, he can stretch the field and he is physical.”
Rock added that of the 15 to 18 catches Ray had last year as a junior, eight went for touchdowns because he is such a threat in the red zone.
“He really uses his basketball skills to his advantage to block people out in the red zone. He also has soft hands,” Rock said. “You can spread him out wide, but he also acts like an in-line tight end. He likes to block and likes physical contact.”
Ray had offers from Louisville and Kansas State, although Rock thinks he could garner even more offers during his senior season based on how productive he is. For more about Ray choosing the Rebels, see Thursday’s EAGLE. (July 27, 2011)