Mr. Versatile

Mr. Versatile

2013 Valor Christian athlete Cameron Gray returns as one of the state champs most complete players.

On a team filled with versatile performers, the most versatile could be 2013 prospect Cameron Gray. The 6-0 200 pounder is equally adept playing linebacker or running back. This past season, hungry after missing his sophomore campaign due to injury, Gray came back with a vengeance averaging nearly eight yards a carry on offense to go with 11 touchdowns. On defense Gray registered 36 tackles and five sacks from his outside linebacker position.

On the field Gray possesses a skill set of toughness, technique and suprising quickness to make plays in multiple settings. On defense, playing outside backer in the Valor defense, Gray does a very good job of setting the edge, using hands and leverage to make plays. Along with this, Gray can make big plays behind the line of scrimmage and in space. Also, Gray is a very good pass defender registering five passes defended. Gray's ability to play at the line of scrimmage, behind the line of scrimmage and in coverage puts him in position to make big plays as evidenced by his two fumbles caused and four fumbles recovered. In the state championship game this year Gray took a fumble in for a score.

Offensively, Gray shares carries with multiple backs including talented returnees and DI recruits Christian McCaffrey and Daryl Hawkins. Nonetheless, Gray manages to shine using great vision and decisiveness on the way to big yards. If he was a feature back on a less talented team there is little doubt Gray would rush for well over 1,000 yards and 20 scores.

Gray's tremendous versatility makes him a very interesting prospect for the next level. A review of his game shows a player best suited as a weakside outside backer or strong safety due to his ability to play against the run and pass. With the graduation of numerous All-State players from the 2011 state champion squad, look for Gray to step up and have a very productive senior season.

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