Four-star Derwin Gray talks official visits

Derwin Gray changed his weekend plans.

The offensive tackle from Washington (D.C.) Friendship visited Maryland for its game Saturday instead of watching West Virginia beat James Madison 42-12 at FedEx Field in Landover, Md. The Terrapins lost to Connecticut 24-21.

“I think Maryland played a good game yesterday, they just came up short,” the four-star offensive tackle said. “UConn has a good team this year. Maryland made a good comeback. They just came up a little short. Maryland just wanted it more.”

Gray committed to Maryland in June. There are plenty of ties there since so many local prospects have committed. Gray cited freshman Stefon Diggs' performance as a positive for the Terps. The former standout from Olney (Md.) Good Counsel was Maryland's leading receiver with three receptions for 57 yards and a touchdown.

Those ties, however, might not be enough to secure Gray's signature on national signing day. He said he plans to take official visits, possibly to Florida State, Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Nebraska and West Virginia.

“I'm still 100 percent committed but I'm still going to make my final officials to make sure,” Gray said.

Since Friendship plays some games far from home, timing might be an issue. Therefore, Gray might have to take some or all of his official visits after the season. Friendship plays at Chicago (Ill.) Leo on Sept. 22. The school also plays in West Virginia, New York and New Jersey twice.

Gray said he and four-star linebacker linebacker Yannick Ngakoue still plan to attend the same school. The two committed to Maryland together.

“Yeah, we're pretty sure,” Gray said when asked of the package deal.

The two will likely have that option. They have a similar list of scholarship offers.