Kirby Smart and his staff had already been making waves with the class of 2017 recently, hosting multiple top flight prospects in Athens this week. But this evening they got a big commitment for the next class when 2018 offensive tackle Max Wray pulled the trigger on a commitment to the Bulldogs.
Wray's pledge is big in a couple of ways. For one, the sophomore standout from Franklin, Tennessee is already 6'6 and 270 pounds. One imagines he'll be even larger 22 months from now when he's able to actually sign a letter of intent. What's more, while Wray has a ways to go before he hits college he's already earned offers from a who's who of college football programs, including Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Texas A&M, and Southern Cal. 247Sports ranks Wray the #46 overall player in the class of 2018, the #7 offensive tackle, and the #2 player in the state of Tennessee.
Max's sophomore highlights are below. A few quick observations.
- I like his feet. As I've said before that's the first thing I look for in a high school lineman and Wray's got quick ones coming off the ball, even if he does lumber a little once he gets in the open field. Still, if he fills out to 310-320 pounds and keeps anything like his current quickness he could be special.
- The kid has long arms, another good sign for an offensive tackle. You can't block the rushers you can't reach.
- He could do a little better job with his pad level and hip position, but these are coachable things. 6'6, 270 at 16 years old isn't.
All in all, this is a great start for the 2018 class. Wray had said he wanted to be one of the first commits at the school of his choice so he could help build the class he'd be a part of. It looks like he'll get to do just that in Athens.