When watching Tionne Gray’s film, it’s easy to see why Iowa Football extended a scholarship offer to him this week. The 2024 St. Louis area defensive lineman and tight end punishes opponents.
The Hawkeyes shine at developing student-athletes like Gray (6-6, 270). D-Ends A.J. Epenesa (Buffalo) and Chauncey Golston (Dallas) will be performing in the NFL playoffs this weekend.
Iowa has company in its desire to land Gray. He also reports scholarship offers from Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee, UNLV and Washington.
“Any offer I get I’m going to always be blessed to get because there are so many kids from my city that don’t get the same opportunity I get,” The Hazelwood Central junior told HF after receiving the opportunity from the Hawkeyes on Wednesday.
Gray has picked up eight of his offers since Jan. 12. He’s trying to sort through his opportunities and learn about the prospective schools.
“I don’t know much about it yet, but I’m going to do my research on Iowa,” he said. “I really would like to learn anything I can about the school and program.”
The Hawkeyes target specifics traits in recruiting defensive linemen. They see that in Gray.
“They told me they like my size and athleticism. That’s why they offered,” he said.
Gray is looking to get onto the campuses of schools interested in his talents. He’s not yet sure when he will visit Iowa and others.
Academics also will weight heavily into his decision.
“I’m still trying find out what I want to major in while in college,” he said.
What schools are sticking out to Gray? It’s still too early to tell.
“All of them, honestly,” he said.
Prep Red Zone ranks Gray as the No. 9 overall prospect in Missouri for the ’24 recruiting cycle. On3 shows him as a three-star recruit and the No. 13 prospect in the state for the class.