|High schoolBooker T. Washington|
|Offer date||March 29, 2018|
|Commit date||April 9, 2018|
|Decommit date||Aug. 22, 2018|
Maybe, just maybe, a broken ankle suffered during a scrimmage before Thomas Grayson’s sophomore football season led to his verbal commitment to Nebraska on Monday night.
Grayson was poised to be the state of Oklahoma’s top high school back in 2016. He’d finished second at state in the 100-meter dash as a freshman. He was following in the footsteps of Justice Hill, who’s posted back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons at Oklahoma State. The local newspaper did a feature. Grayson was all set.
But he broke that ankle, so he didn’t start on varsity until his junior year at Tulsa Booker T. Washington High School. And though Grayson ran for 1,332 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, scholarship offers were initially slow to come this winter.
OSU and Oklahoma put Grayson on the wait list. Nebraska put the scholarship on the table.
“That meant the world to me,” Grayson said Monday night after he’d announced his commitment on Twitter. “More than anything.”
Saturday’s unofficial visit during Nebraska’s practice clinched it. Grayson, a consensus three-star according to the 247Sports composite service, watched 20 minutes of film with his future NU position coach, Ryan Held, who told that Grayson the Huskers won’t be scared to play true freshmen. He saw the city of Lincoln, which he called “beautiful.” He toured the facilities, which he called “amazing” and the nicest he’d seen. And before they had toured Memorial Stadium, Grayson’s dad, George, made his own pitch.
“If it were me, I’d play here,” Thomas Grayson said his dad told him. Son agreed, and told Held on the field.
Grayson said he is “excited” by Nebraska’s offense as built by coach Scott Frost, who fuses Oregon’s spread option attack to some concepts Frost learned as NU’s quarterback back in the ’90s. Frost asks his backs to run, catch and occasionally line up at wideout. Grayson — 6-0, 190 pounds — is up for that.
Right now, he’s trying shave time off his 100-meter dash time. As a freshman he ran 10.82 at the state track meet. The fastest he’s run this spring, Grayson said, is 10.74. It’s the kind of speed that’ll get the attention of more college recruiters. The scholarship offers won’t stop coming, Grayson figures, but he’s “shut down.” Even if the Sooners and Cowboys come knocking, it’s too late.
“They’ll regret it,” Grayson said. “Definitely.”
Grayson is the fourth commit of NU’s 2019 recruiting class and the first out-of-state commit.
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