Omaha North running back Zander Gray is ready to be the Vikings' bell cow in 2018.
Gray split carries with speedy senior Milton Sargbah last season. With Sargbah graduating, Gray will look to improve on his 1,707 yards and 25 touchdowns from a season ago.
"I've been building up to being the lead back the last few years," Gray said. "I'm going to have to be a good leader and I want to help everyone in the backfield get better and show them the ropes like the backs before me did."
Gray has a scholarship from South Dakota. He is also hearing from Wyoming, Nebraska and Purdue. While there has been talk of Gray switching positions at the collegiate level, he wants to stay at running back.
"Every school that I've talked to sees me as a running back," Gray said.
Gray is planning trips for Nebraska's junior day on March 31, Purdue's spring game on April 7 and a return visit to NU on April 21.
Gray has a few things he'll be looking for on those unofficial visits.
"I really want to know about the players and having a nice strong bond," Gray said. "It's more important to get along with the players because you never know when a coach could leave."
Gray is a bigger back at 6-foot-1, 248 pounds. His target playing weight is 225-230 pounds. This spring he joined the track team and is working on his speed and agility.
"I can do everything and be an every-down back if they need me to be," Gray said. "A power back, a speed back, whatever schools need from me I can do."