Report: Gary Gray Returning to Notre Dame

gary-grayAccording to Mike Frank’s Irish Sports Daily, cornerback Gary Gray will be returning to Notre Dame on June 1.

“There was never a question,” he said. “He was happy there, he fell in love with not just the football program, but the University. A lot of people dream of going there and there was never any question that he was going back.”

The entire report from ISD has some great quotes and is definitely worth a read.

Gray did not make the trip to Hawaii for the bowl game and was not enrolled at Notre Dame this spring after playing quite a bit in 2008.  He picked off two passes this past season as a backup corner and will most likely serve a backup role again in 2009.

This is indeed great news.  Notre Dame will be absolutely loaded at cornerback this year with Darrin Walls, Raeshon McNeil, Robert Blanton, and Jamoris Slaughter all coming off of impressive springs, but McNeil will exhaust his eligibility this year and with a great senior year, Walls could be playing on Sundays next year.

Gray still has three years of eligibility and his return will give Notre Dame another very talented corner who is more than capable of playing meaningful downs.  His return could also allow Notre Dame to move Slaughter or freshman EJ Banks to safety where the Irish don’t have nearly as much depth.

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  1. just not alot goin on this time of year in college football. recruiting. thats about it.. i’m sure we’ll get some nice stuff as august approaches

  2. Certainly very encouraging to see someone choose their education over the draft. Now let’s hope he has a great year.

  3. Outstanding, you just can’t beat high character! Thank you Gary for coming back! We look forward to seeing you on the field.

  4. Glad he’s back. Now I’d like to see these guys work together. Barry Alvarez, ( and even Bob Davie ) scripted secondary coverage that had good coordination between corners and safeties. They knew when to have one guy commit to the ball and the other guy commit to laying out the receiver so he wished he had majored in chemical engineering.

    That’s the one element that is not yet in place in the Corwin Brown scheme.

  5. if we can get pressure on the qb this year and actually get some sacks out of it, then the d will be deadly. In my opinion we have 2 future early round draft picks in walls and blanton. Both shut down corners will give receivers many problems getting open as well as qb’s having to hold onto it just a little bit longer.

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