Templeton High senior linebacker Tyler Gray signed a national letter of intent today to play college football at Hawaii.
The signing was done during a news conference at the school.
Gray took an official recruiting visit to Hawaii this past weekend. He had also taken visits to Air Force and Cal Poly, and San Jose State had offered him a scholarship, as well.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Gray has been named to two all-state teams over the past two weeks: as a first-team selection among medium-sized schools on Cal-Hi Sports’ squad, and as a second-team Division III choice on MaxPreps.com’s list.
Gray also won the Los Padres League Defensive Back of the Year award, and was selected to both the all-CIF Southern Section Northwest Division and Tribune all-San Luis Obispo County first teams.
Gray had 143 tackles and five sacks as a senior, leading the Eagles through an 8-5 season that culminated in a Northwest Division semifinals appearance — the furthest the program has advanced since moving to the Southern Section prior to the start of the 2006 season.
Also a starter at running back, Gray hardly ever came off the field for Templeton this past season, rushing 205 times for 1,628 yards and 25 touchdowns. Most college evaluators, however, have long coveted his future as a defender.
This past summer, Gray excelled at the Randy Shannon Football Camp at Miami, winning the best linebacker award there. Rivals.com rates him as the No. 42 outside linebacker prospect in the country in his class, and as the No. 73 recruit in California this year regardless of position.