Franklin, Tenn., 4-star offensive tackle Max Wray signed with Ohio State during the early signing period on Wednesday.
What does he bring to the Buckeyes? Let’s get to know Wray a little better:
Max Wray: Bio, stats
Weight: 289 pounds
School: Franklin High School
Hometown: Franklin, Tennessee
Max Wray: Recruiting rankings
Overall ranking: No. 112
Position ranking: No. 9
State ranking: No. 3 recruit in Tennessee
How Max Wray committed to Ohio State
For a while, Ohio State wasn’t a huge factor in Wray’s recruitment. He committed to Georgia in 2016, and visited Clemson, Alabama, LSU, Texas and Tennessee after he decided to reopen his recruitment.
Urban Meyer convinced Wray to take a trip to Columbus, and it was over. From Land of 10’s Ryan Ginn:
Normally incredibly diligent before visits, [his mother] Stacy said she didn’t even do research about the Buckeyes beforehand. There were no expectations for the visit, especially because it didn’t seem like anything could top the Alabama visit the month before.
And then they got to Columbus, and everything changed.
“He knew what he was looking for, and it was like everything came together when we were at Ohio State,” Stacy said. “He was sitting in a meeting with [offensive line coach Greg Studrawa], and I looked at Sam and said, ‘He’s going to commit to Ohio State.’ We’d been on campus for an hour and a half. It was just different, and that was the X-factor for Max. It was just the school for him.”
Wray visited on April 8, and announced his commitment a week later.
What Ohio State is getting in Max Wray
“I really do believe he’s a very polished, talented offensive lineman. He’s still a young kid, and when you go to the next level, you have to take it up a notch. The competition in practice is more than what you’ll get in a high school game, just by mere number of scholarship athletes on the field. That part of it, he still has to continue to work and improve his football game. But I think his body is prototypical for an offensive tackle at the next level. I really believe if he continues to work hard that the sky is the limit.”
Ohio State doesn’t need Wray to step in right away. Thanks to tireless recruiting efforts, the Buckeyes will be able to replace left tackle Jamarco Jones with more blue-chip talent this season, so Wray may not be competing for a year or two. That’s normal for offensive linemen, who often take a few years to blossom in college.
Find Wray’s junior year highlights below: