Exclusive Interview with Johnathan Gray the Gatorade High School Boys' Athlete of the Year

By Dave Daniels

Johnathan Gray recently won the Gatorade High School Boys’ Athlete of the Year Award. He recently led Aledo High School to their third straight Texas High School State Championship behind a National record 205 touchdowns. James Gray, Johnathan’s father, (#2 rusher in Texas Tech history) thought he knew Johnathan was falling for Texas when he went to UT’s spring game in 2011.

“Normally, when we went to schools, we were always together,” James Gray said. “And that last time we went, we couldn’t find him. He was off with the players, laughing and joking and having fun.

“When I look back on it, I felt like that’s when he made the decision himself.”

“I was excited for him because it was a big decision for him,” James Gray said. “The only thing I was upset about was he didn’t let me know about it. I felt like I was his best friend, and I wanted to have a say-so about where he went to school. But I guess I kind of guided him that way.”

Johnathan received the Athlete of the Year award from presenters Robert Griffin III and Landon Donovan, the audio of the exclusive Rant Sports interview is below. Enjoy!

Gatorade-Jonathan Gray

Gray’s numbers are staggering coming out of Aledo.

In addition to the 13 rushing touchdowns in three state title games, including eight as a junior against La Marque … In addition to the 10,890 rushing yards and national record 205 rushing touchdowns, Gray was a humble, thoughtful kid at Aledo.

When a sophomore at Aledo named Leah Van was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, Buchanan thought it would be nice to give her a football signed by her state champion high school team.

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