December 2, 2012

Grayson has a leader

Lexington (NC) running back Marquez Grayson has not set a date, but said he will probably make a decision soon regarding his collegiate future.

"I'm kind of leaning toward Wake Forest," Grayson said. "I like Wake Forest a lot."

"Right now they don't have a lot of depth. Josh Harris is a great running back. He works hard. The running back [DeAndre Martin] behind him, he works hard also. I think I can come in and just kind of help those guys a little bit, and just take some of the pressure off them."

Grayson added he thinks NC State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech are no longer in his mix. He has not talked with Virginia Tech's coaches since last summer.

"We've had coaching changes every single year, so I'm looking for a kind of stable place where the coach is not going to go anywhere," Grayson said. "Wake has Jim Grobe. I don't think he's going anywhere."

"I'm hearing kind of from UCF a little bit. They just kind of came into the mix."

However, Grayson added Wake is the only school he is staying in contact with regularly.

The 6-foot-1 and 200-pound North Carolina product said he made about four or five trips to Wake Forest this fall. His most recent visit to Wake was Saturday, Nov. 24 when the Deacs lost to Vanderbilt 55-21.

"Last time I went to the game all of them [Wake Forest commits] sat right behind me, and were just kind of encouraging me to go," Grayson said. "I like Wake a lot. Before that I liked Wake. It's mutual."

"Wake to me kind of reminds me of my school. It's not too big, and it's not too small. The team plays great. They're just a couple of athletes away from being really good."

Brian Knorr is Grayson's primary recruiter for the Demon Deacons, while Billy Mitchell has also had contact with the Lexington product for Wake.

Knorr visited Grayson Monday, Nov. 26.

Grayson, who is rated as a three-star recruit, the nation's No. 29 running back and the No. 19 overall prospect in North Carolina by Rivals.com, said Knorr is encouraging him to finish high school strong.

"He's [Mitchell] a kind of old school guy, so I'm sure he knows what he's talking about," Grayson said. "Every time I see him he's talking football, and that's what I like, talking running back stuff. I love to play running back, and he seems to love to coach it. It could be a great little collaboration."

Grayson suffered a high ankle sprain Friday, Aug. 24, sidelining him for five weeks. The Yellow Jackets finished a disappointing 3-8 this season, failing to make it to the playoffs.

"I'm working on it [ankle]," Grayson said. "It's better. I played the last few games. It was feeling a little better, but I'm doing physical therapy and lifting, but it should be good.

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