October 24, 2011

Ground to gain for Grayson

Lexington, NC is known for its barbeque, but Marquez Grayson is putting the small city on the map for something else, producing big-time recruits at running back.

The Lexington junior ran for three touchdowns (including a 73-yard score), and would have had four if it had not been for a block in the back penalty in Friday's 44-22 loss at Central Davidson. The loss puts the Yellow Jackets at a mediocre 4-5 on the year.

"It's been a roller coaster really," Grayson said. "I just got to get things together. We've been losing by a touchdown. That's hard. We just got to come back next week, work hard, and beat Thomasville."

Despite the struggles on the field Grayson has picked up interest from major college programs. Rivals.com shows he has offers from Clemson, N.C. State, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. When asked if North Carolina and Wake Forest were in the mix, he said not yet.

The 6-foot-2 and 190-pound prospect lists Clemson, South Carolina and Virginia Tech as his top three, and could not even recall the name of who is recruiting him for Wake Forest. He said an assistant coach from UNC visited him at school last month, but no offer was made.

Grayson visited Clemson Saturday for its 59-38 blowout victory over the Tar Heels. He said he has been a frequent visitor to Death Valley.

The Lexington product brings versatility to the running back position. He lines up in the backfield as a runner and a blocker, and spreads out wide as a receiver. Grayson said he can improve his blocking, but is confident he can do it all.

He is excited about the interest he is receiving from some of the nation's gridiron elite, but is frustrated with Lexington's up and down season.

"I got to get my team on my back," Grayson said. "We've got to do well. It's [recruitment] going alright, but I'm still thinking about my team right now."

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