COLUMBIA, Mo. – Vincent Gray announced his college decision with one word and an image.
“Committed,” Gray wrote on Twitter on Friday afternoon above a photo of him wearing a Missouri jersey.
Missouri coach Barry Odom and defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross have discussed a desire to shift toward taller cornerbacks, and Gray fits the bill.
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior out of Adams High School in Rochester, Mich., is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com. He does not have a star rating from ESPN.
"Vincent is a real smooth, long, matchup corner,” Adams coach Tony Patritto said in a phone interview. “He's kind of what everybody's looking for because of the size of wide receivers now, especially in” the Southeastern Conference. “He’s got long arms, long legs. He's got great natural hips. He's got good instincts as a cover guy.”
Gray, who also plays wide receiver for Adams, was the second player to announce his commitment to Missouri on Friday.
Linebacker Cameron Wilkins of Del Valle High School in Texas announced his pledge earlier in the day.
Their pledges bump MU to seven commitments in its 2018 class.
Gray was coveted by a long list of schools. He has offers from Army, Boston College, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Memphis, Oregon State, Purdue, Syracuse, Virginia and Washington State, among others, according to Rivals.
He visited Missouri last week.
Wilkins visited this week.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Wilkins, a senior at Del Valle High School, is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, 247Sports.com and Scout.com. He does not have a star rating from ESPN.
Wilkins also has offers from Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, New Mexico, SMU, Texas State, Texas Tech and Tulsa, according to Rivals.
“He’s a physical tackler,” Del Valle coach Charles Burton said in a phone interview. … “When he hits you, you know he hits you. He covers tons of space from sideline to sideline. He’s just athletic. He’s great in pass defense. He’s one of the few ones you could play that wouldn’t have to come off the field in certain packages. He can be an every down linebacker for you.
“There’s not too many things that Cameron can’t do. Whatever it is that they decide they want him to do – whether it’s covering backs, getting into coverage or blitzing – he can do it all.”
Wilkins made 56 tackles his junior season, according to MaxPreps.com. He also plays running back for Del Valle, and he tallied 452 yards on 82 carries with five touchdowns.