Top OL recruit Gray fails to qualify

Top OL recruit Gray fails to qualify
June 25, 2013, 7:45 pm
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Highly rated offensive tackle prospect Derwin Gray will have to wait at least a year to begin his college career, as word broke today that the Under Armor All-American has been ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA clearinghouse.

Gray, rated by Rivals as the No. 9 offensive tackle in the class of 2013, was one of the brightest stars of Maryland's recent recruiting haul.

He was also ranked as the No. 126 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals, as well as the No. 2 prospect in Washington, D.C. -- just behind Friendship Collegiate teammate and fellow Terps signee Yannick Ngakoue, a linebacker.

Listed at 6'4" and 291 lbs, Gray would likely have been in the mix for playing time on Maryland's inexperienced offensive line, much the way Mike Madaras contributed last season as a true freshman.

For now, that will have to wait. Gray, whose SAT scores fell short of the minimum for enrollment, must now attend either a junior college or spend a postgraduate year at a prep school while trying to boost his academic credentials.

Fork Union Military Academy -- the alma mater of former Terrapins football player and current Under Armor founder and CEO Kevin Plank -- is one possible destination.

The private military boarding school located just outside of Charlottesville, Virginia is nationally known as a prep football powerhouse, attracting highly ranked non-qualifiers each year, and boasts Heisman Trophy winners Vinny Testaverde and Eddie George, as well as Super Bowl champion Plaxico Burruss, as alums.