Zander Gray is a rare breed of running back in today's age of spread offenses.
At 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, he has a blend of power and speed that doesn't come around often. He's rushed for 3,176 yards and 45 touchdowns in two varsity seasons for Omaha North. Imagine what his numbers would be if he didn't split carries with two time All-Nebraska selection Milton Sargbah.
But Sargbah is at Iowa Western now, which means Viking opponents will see plenty of Gray this season.
College coaches will too.
North Dakota offered Gray a scholarship on July 21. It was his second Division I offer after South Dakota in December. Gray said he's also hearing from Iowa, Purdue and Wyoming.
There has been some talk that Gray would need to switch positions in college, which is something he'd consider.
"North Dakota offered for both sides of the ball," Gray said, "but everyone else is recruiting me as a running back."
Gray will be busy this fall trying to lead the Vikings to another state championship while working in visits to college campuses. He doesn't have any trips planned yet, though.
"I am breaking things down right now with my mom and trying to figure things out," Gray said. "Some might be unofficial and some might be official visits. It just depends on how we want to do it."
Gray is in no rush to choose a college. He'll let the season play out and then evaluate his options.
"I'm going to wait to make a decision until after the season," Gray said. "I want to be patient."
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