Commentary

Tide courting Quan Bray

Originally Published: February 11, 2010
By Erik Stinnett | Crimson Confidential

There's a reason both Nick Saban and Kirby Smart -- Smart more than once -- have made an appearance at Callaway High School in Hogansville, Ga., in recent weeks.

Two words: Quan Bray.

Bray's high school coach, Pete Wiggins, compares the Under Armour All-America prospect -- listed simply under the category of 'athlete' by ESPN -- to former star Florida Gator and the NFL's reigning Rookie of the Year Percy Harvin.

"He can do it all," Wiggins told CrimsonConfidential.com Wednesday afternoon.

As a freshman running back in '07, Bray ran for more than 1,000 yards. He ran for more than 1,100 as a sophomore. Wiggins moved him to quarterback for his junior season last fall and Bray responded with more than 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards passing.

"We don't play him on defense, but he could be a great corner, a great kick returner and a great punt returner," Wiggins said.

The coach said the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Bray is a three-sport athlete -- he also plays basketball and runs track -- who power cleans close to 300 pounds. He doesn't know what Bray's 40 time is, but no stopwatch is needed to figure out that this kid has some wheels.

"He's one of the fastest kids I've seen on the field," Wiggins said. "The bottom line is he can run."

A lot of big-time colleges evidently think so, too. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Tennessee, Michigan, South Carolina, Duke, Stanford, Texas Tech, Southern Miss and Kentucky are just some of the schools that have offered Bray.

Wiggins doesn't want to speculate on which school might be Bray's favorite at this point in the recruiting process. It is, as he hinted at, still early. Bray, he said, will take some visits and attend some camps, but it won't be anytime soon. Basketball and track are occupying much of his free time now.

In the meantime, Alabama is continuing to push hard to gain favor with the ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect. Saban's visit was an especially big deal for everyone involved.

"He's a great figure in college football," Wiggins said of the Tide head coach. "He brought a lot of excitement to our school, to the kids and to the community when he came -- just the fact of knowing that Nick Saban was at Callaway High School."

Smart is the assistant coach recruiting Bray for Bama and has made multiple trips to Callaway High School.

"He's intense," Wiggins said of Smart, winner of this year's Broyles Award as the top assistant coach in the nation. "I think a whole lot of him. We talk about Callaway football and Alabama football. I enjoy my conversations with him."


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