Leominster QB Noah Gray stands out as WR prospect
Leominster (Massachusetts) athlete Noah Gray was one of the most impressive players on the field at Saturday's New York vs. New England All-Star Challenge, a regional showcase featuring numerous Division 1 prospects. Gray plays quarterback for his high school team, but projects as a flex WR/TE at the collegiate level and has been playing receiver at numerous college camps and other such events.
So far, Gray has heard from a lot of schools, including UConn, but reports "nothing serious at the moment."
"(UConn co-offensive coordinator) Coach (Mike) Cummings came to our school and invited me to the one-day camp. I also talked to (co-offensive coordinator) Coach (Tom) Verducci."
Gray has attended camp this summer as a pass-catcher at UConn, Boston College, UMass, Syracuse and UNC. The transition to receiver for these camps has not been very difficult, as he played there at the start of his high school career.
"Throughout my youth I've always played a bunch of different positions. I played wide receiver on varsity as a freshman, but moved to quarterback sophomore year because that's where the team needed me. I consider myself an athlete, I can do whatever is necessary for my team."
Though he plays QB for @LBDFC, @NoahRyanGray was extremely impressive as a WR/TE, winning Offensive MVP!! pic.twitter.com/TUd5EujUDV- NY vs. New England (@NYNEChallenge) August 2, 2015
Gray delivered a standout performance this past weekend, winning Offensive MVP for his performance across the day. He also had a chance to meet and speak with UConn commit Keyion Dixon, who is also a high school quarterback looking to play receiver at the next level.
"He was probably one of the nicest kids I've ever met. I looked up to him, because he's committed to UConn and he's a quarterback playing receiver. I talked to him about it, he seems to be doing well. He's really athletic and looks like he's been playing receiver for years. It was really cool to be out there with someone else making that transition."
Playing quarterback should be considered an advantage for a receiver prospect given how comprehensively the signal-caller needs to understand the offense. When they move to receiver, they understand the importance of being in the right spot on the field and being precise in route running.
"Being a quarterback, and having that mindset, helps me out a lot. I know what the receivers are supposed to do and what's supposed to be going on out there. I know where the receivers have to be, and I know how frustrating it can be if a receiver runs the wrong route."
Gray made the trip down to Stamford for the All-Star Challenge with a few of his Leominster teammates, twin cornerbacks Keith and Kyle Jackson, who he actually went up against as a receiver in the morning drills.
"I've been to a couple of camps with them. It's always competitive. I'm comfortable with them, we push each other when we work out, and we try to get the best out of each other when we go to events like this."
Gray attended with a couple of other relatively unheralded prospects from his region who he has come to know very well. Two of them in particular, Newton QB Austin Burton and Peabody RB Doug Santos, turned heads as well.
"I do think we get overlooked (coming from Massachusetts), I really don't know why."
Many of the scouts and coaches in attendance noted Gray as one of the best players on the field. Given the level of competition both at wide receiver and across the field at corner, he should be getting a lot more attention.
UConn Report will be sure to stay in touch with Gray across his junior season as his recruitment progresses.