Warwick RB/Slot Tylique Ray (Photo: Joe Barnes/recruit757)
Raiders RB Tylique Ray commits to Virginia State
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit757
Two years ago Woodside had a log jam at running back. The Wolverines were coming off of a season in which they finished 10-3 and booked a trip to the 6A Region Final against a determined Oscar Smith program. It was a year in which starting running Tamir Walker missed a ton of time due to injury which paved the way for D’Angelo Chesson and Demetri Banks among others to perform most of the heavy lifting. Buried within the depth chart was second-year running back Tylique Ray. After his sophomore season, he proceeded to transfer to Warwick where his playing time increased.
While at Warwick, Ray saw time and excelled at all three phases of the game. Coach Corey Hairston utilized Ray’s diversity level at wide receiver, running back, defensive back and even on specials teams over the last two seasons. On offense and special teams, Ray accumulated 1,340 all-purpose yards and collected 11 total touchdowns while on defense he was able to snag three interceptions. His contributions helped lead the Raiders to a record of 6-5 on the season and into the playoffs for just the second time under Coach Hairston. It also put Ray in a position to watch his recruitment flourish.
On December 14, Ray (2019 RB 5-8 165) picked up a collegiate offer from Virginia State University. It only took Ray just a little over a month to realize that Coach Reggie Barlow and Virginia State was where he wanted to be.
“I loved the atmosphere and the coaching staff,” Ray stated when asked why he committed to VSU.
Ray took a visit up to Virginia State during the weekend of January 19 and it was during this trip that clarity was shown on whether or not the Trojans would be a good fit. The goal for Ray while at VSU during his first year will be to “try to get on the field and contribute.” However, he’ll do so from the slot position.
The Warwick product also held offers from Seton Hill University and Virginia University of Lynchburg prior to his commitment. While at Virginia State, Ray plans on looking into studying Computer Science.
– Brandon Mitchell