Bray Garners Attention at Fresno State Camp

TE Benton Bray

Kingsburg (Calif.) tight end Benton Bray is arguably the prospect at his position in Central California for the 2011 class. He started his camp circuit on Sunday at Fresno State, where he impressed the Bulldog coaches. He will camp at Air Force, Oregon State, and San Jose State among others in the coming weeks. Check inside for details in his recruitment…

Benton Bray (6-4, 220) possesses all the physical tools to become a D1 tight end. From his size to his hands to his blocking, he has garnered attention from programs throughout the West Coast.

"The closest [to offering] are Air Force and San Jose State," said Bray. "San Jose State has sent the most hand-written letters. I've called and talked to Air Force a lot. Once they get me out to their camps, I'll have an opportunity to earn an offer. They are excited to see me compete."

The Falcons, Spartans, Fresno State, Oregon State, Sacramento State, UC Davis, and Washington all visited him during the spring evaluation period.

The Fresno State Individual Skills camp was his first camp stop this summer, and Bray garnered much attention from the coaches.

"[Fresno State OC] Coach [Jeff] Grady called me and invited me to come to the camp," said Bray. "Once I came to the camp I got quite a bit of interest. The offensive line coach (Derek Frazier) came up to me and talked to me about my blocking. It was a great camp. I felt I did very well. I felt comfortable in 1on1's. I think had a good showing.

"There was a lot of interest. After the camp, they said they are going to look at my film some more. They talked to me about my technique and footwork. They knew I could catch the ball, but they were [focused on] my blocking at camp."

Bray will camp at Oregon State next week followed by camps at Portland State, Air Force, San Jose State, and UC Davis. He also plays to take unofficial visits to Sacramento State and the University to San Diego this summer.

"I want to take some time and go through the process," said Bray. "I would like to hear from some more WAC or Mountain West schools like Wyoming or Idaho."

While he still awaits his first offer, Bray favors San Jose State and Air Force with Oregon State, Fresno State, and UC Davis rounding out his top five schools. But when it comes time to make a decision, he has a few factors he's focused on.

"Academics first," added Bray. "Then the football program, the coaching staff and atmosphere or location. I'm not too worried about going away from home."

Academically, he reports a 3.8 GPA. He took the SAT on June 5 and awaiting his results.

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