2011 Signee Spotlight: Shane Ray

2011 Signee Spotlight: Shane Ray

Tiger legacy 2011 signee Shane Ray is put in the spotlight as we continue to give you in-depth looks at the class in video, analysis and with coaches quotes

DE Shane Ray  6'3"  230  4.6  Bishop Miege (KS)

Shane Ray is the son of former Missouri Tiger defensive end Wendell Ray, who played for Warren Powers, from 1978-80, and was a 5th-round draft pick in the 1981 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, after a senior season in 1980 that saw him total 64 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss and 5 sacks.

Shane Ray, who lives in Kansas City with his mother, Sebrina Johnson, went across the state line to attend Bishop Miege, where he played for former Notre Dame and Kansas City Chief offensive lineman, Tim Grunhard.

During his junior season, Ray helped lead Miege to a 4A state title, as he recorded 131 tackles, including 32 tackles for loss, 15 sacks, and 4 forced fumbles.  Ray served as a team captain during his senior season, when he totaled 100 tackles, including 16 tackles for loss, and 10.5 sacks.  He forced 3 fumbles, and blocked a punt, as Miege played at the 5A level in 2010.  Following his senior season, Ray was named 1st-Team All-State.

Shane Ray, who enjoys training for football, as well as playing video games, chose Missouri over Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Clemson, Kansas State and Kansas, among many others.  He wants to study broadcast journalism at Mizzou.

Coach Quotes

"I played with his dad, Wendell Ray, in 1980,"  said Coach Andy Hill, who was the primary recruiter for Shane Ray.  "If he's anything like Wendell, he'll have a great career.  He came on last year.  They had a state championship year, his junior year.  He had around fifteen sacks or so, last year.  He started getting double-teamed this year.  He's very competitive.  We're glad that we're getting him."

"Shane Ray is a defensive end that we targeted early,"  said Coach Craig Kuligowski.  "He's really done a good job of developing himself.  We're real excited about him!  He's got a great motor.  He's tough.  He can run.  He's got good change of direction.  He's got a real bright future." 

JP's Take-Shane is an exciting defensive prospect. He is very quick and explosive offer the line either coming off the edge or on the inside. He is aggressive and has a non-stop motor that doesn't quit until the whistle blows. Very good at getting to the QB or running down plays. Solid run defender and has good tackling technique. He has a good frame and will continue to get bigger,stronger and faster in college.

Greg's Take - Shane Ray is a bit of a late bloomer, who has demonstrated an outstanding work ethic.  He's also very talented, with good speed, and very good quickness.  He has some weight gain potential, and has a good chance to develop into a very, very good Big 12 caliber defensive lineman.


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