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Breakout on the horizon: Phoebus WR Kymari Gray grabs offer from Liberty
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Taking the time to develop your craft while on junior varsity is a challenge that no student-athlete should take lightly. Phoebus wide receiver Kymari Gray (2022 WR/DB 6-1 177) spent most of his freshman year playing at the junior varsity level.
Gray possessed big play potential last season, but Jeremy Blunt and his coaching staff saw no reason to rush his development. 13 touchdowns and an offseason later, programs are starting to notice what the Phantoms knew was there all along during his freshman season. On Wednesday evening, Liberty was one the programs that decided to take the first step in courting the rising sophomore. The Flames came through and sent an offer in his direction which also happened to be the first of its kind for Gray.
“Coach Blunt called me and told me that I had my first offer from Liberty,” Gray told recruit757. “When I heard that my heart dropped and I was so excited.”
Gray didn’t get the opportunity to play in any meaningful games until the postseason rolled around. The Phoebus product got a taste of what the next level would be like against Heritage (Lynchburg). This season we might just get the chance to see what Gray can do paired up with other prospects such as Jaylen White (202 RB 5-10 182), T.J. Stevenson (2021 TE/LB 6-5 210), Zion Porter-Ervin (2020 WR 5-10 166), and Hampton transfer Kyrell McKinney (2020 TE/DE 6-1 230) among others. The Newport News native is getting the opportunity to live a dream that started when he was just five years old. Heading into this upcoming season the goal will be not only make it back to the state championship, but to also come back to Phoebus with the trophy.
“This offseason I’ve been working on looking the ball in, running clean routes, and staying low while I run those routes,” Gray explained. “I’ll be ready to show up to every game ready to show out, stay humble, make it to states, and win.”
– Brandon Mitchell