Meet Terps offensive tackle commit Derwin Gray


January 30, 2014|By Jonas Shaffer, The Baltimore Sun

With national signing day only days away, preview the Terps' class of 2014 with a handy, commit-by-commit guide. Prospect profiles will run all the way through Wednesday (Feb. 5), when players can officially sign a national letter of intent. (SEE THEM ALL HERE.)

Name: Derwin Gray (AKA @PrimeTymeDerwin)

Position: Offensive tackle

Measurables: 6 feet 4, 291 pounds

High school: Friendship Collegiate (D.C.), Fork Union Military Academy (Va.)

Recruiter: Mike Locksley

Finalists: None (holdover)

Rankings: 247: 4*, No. 1 OT (Prep), No. 2 Prep overall

Rivals: 4*, No. 2 overall (Prep)

ESPN: 4*

Stats/honors: Under Armour All-American (high school)

Quoted for emphasis: “The situation I came from, basically I had no grades. Basically, talking about, man, ‘He ain’t going to make it.’ My big thing was to basically prove everybody wrong.”

Breakdown: If you believe in tweets, Gray is unofficially an official member of the Terps’ recruiting class. That’s good news for Maryland coaches, who have had to worry and wait on the future of an equally promising and peripatetic prospect. As a junior at Dunbar (D.C.), Gray missed all but one game because he was academically ineligible. For his senior year, he moved to Friendship Collegiate, was named an Under Armour All-American and signed with Maryland. In June, Gray learned that College Park would have to wait. Academics pushed him to Fork Union and away from the Terps, who, it just so happened, were having to start one considerably less heralded true freshman at left tackle. Gray’s impact next season could be immediate and significant, assuming his schoolwork issues aren't, well, the same.

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