Rock Bridge high school in Columbia (MO) has produce it's fair share of college prospects of the past few years, including Chase Patton (Mizzou), Logan Gray and Aron White (Georgia), and most recently Trey Millard,who will be a freshman at Oklahoma this year.
It looks like the Bruins may well have another major college prospects in the wings in 2012 TE Austin Ray 6'6" 234lbs. His high school coach, former Mizzou TE AJ Ofodile, feels that Austin has a bright future ahead of him as a D1 prospect.
Ray, who is originally from Columbia, moved to Camdenton (MO) and played there his freshman year. After moving back, he was brought along slowly but wound up contributing towards the end of his sophomore season.
Now heading into his junior year, bigger things are expected from him and colleges are already taking notice.
"I have heard that Missouri, Iowa and Stanford have all shown early interest in me." said Ray in a recent conversation ."It's exciting to know that schools like that are interested this early. It's especially nice about Mizzou with them being the hometown team having been born and raised here and following them.They are a good ,strong program who are still growing."
Austin was amomg many prospects who attended Missouri's spring game.
Ray also mentioned interest in schools such as Oklahoma, Georgia and Notre Dame.
He has participated in Missouri's team camp this summer along with a lot of 7 on 7 action. He will be heading to Vanderbilt this weekend with Rock Bridge for a 7 on 7 event held there.
When asked about his strengths as a player he answered quickly with, "I like to hit and be physical."
Austin also a very good basketball player spoke more about his love of football.
"I like basketball as well, but I really like being aggressive and the hitting involved in football. I like to block, I think I do that well, as well as catching passes. Basketball and playing in the low post has helped on the football field. It helps with your footwork and you have to have good hands to receive the passes you get. It helps playing TE.I would like a chance to play DE this year. Maybe Coach Ofodile will let me."
Ray, who wants to be an architectural engineer, said that education and a good football program were the top things he would be looking for in a school when the time comes.
In the meantime he has been working with a speed coach at Rock Bridge and has brought his forty time down in the 4.64 range to go along with a 30" vertical jump and lift maxes of 260lbs on the bench and 285lbs in the power clean. He also reports a GPA of 3.7 .
ShowMeMizzou.com will continue to follow and update you on the progress and recruitment of Austin Ray.