2026 offensive tackle Darius Gray discusses Vols’ offer, coaches, academics
Offensive tackle Darius Gray is emerging as a top 2026 prospect.
Gray unofficially visited Tennessee on March 28. Tennessee offered a scholarship to the 2026 prospect on April 26.
Gray discussed his visit to Tennessee and updated his recruitment with Vols Wire.
“It means a lot to receive an offer from Tennessee,” he said. “Tennessee is a real nice school and when I went up there I enjoyed everything that they had to offer. I feel very blessed for the school that took a chance with me at this early age and I’m ready to exceed their expectations.”
Gray utilized his first visit to campus to connect with the Vols’ coaching staff.
“When I went up there, I talked to a few coaches and they were all so welcoming,” Gray said. “They were real great guys and I feel like our relationship is pretty good and we are still looking forward to getting a better relationship.”
The Vols made a strong impression on Gray and have emerged as early favorites in his recruitment.
“Tennessee definitely stands at the top,” Gray said. “I went up there one time and it feels like I’ve been up there five times, so that’s a great site to see. The thing that stands out is definitely the community, the school has as a whole, and the way they coach.”
Gray earned first-team MaxPreps High School Freshman All-American honors last season.
An offensive lineman for Tennessee has been selected in three consecutive NFL drafts, which is a key factor for Gray.
“My final goal in my football career is being in the NFL, being in the Hall of Fame, and being one of the greatest tackles that have ever played the game,” the 2026 prospect said. “When guys have left a certain college to go to the NFL, that definitely means that they are producing players really well, and in my position. That definitely stands an interest in my decision.”
Gray plans to visit Tennessee during the season, but does not have a date set.
“I definitely plan on coming up there this fall for a game or something,” he said. “I hope to see more of the school, more of the academics, and seeing life outside of football.”
Gray is focused on finding a school that values more than just on-field accomplishments.
“Definitely someone who sees me more than just a football player and somebody who treats me and my family real well,” he concluded. “Someone that makes the place feel like home.”
I had an amazing time at The University of Tennessee today! Thank you for the invite, advice, and making me feel at home! I can’t wait to come back soon! @coachorourke @katerlambert @coachjoshheupel @Gelarbee pic.twitter.com/pmOcscXBgV
— DG (@dariusgrayy_) March 28, 2023
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