May 25, 2011
WACO, Texas - Kolby Gray, a defensive back from Pittsburgh, has signed a financial aid contract and will enroll at Baylor University this fall and join head coach Art Briles' football program. Gray will sit out the 2011 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules and will retain three seasons of eligibility.
"Kolby is a great addition to the Baylor football program," Briles said. "He's a former high school quarterback and we knew him when he was in Houston."
The 6-2, 195-pound defensive back totaled 10 tackles, one tackle-for-loss and one sack in 12 games as a redshirt freshman at Pitt in 2010. After redshirting at Pitt in 2009, he moved to the strong safety position under former Pittsburgh and current Baylor defensive coordinator Phil Bennett.
"He transitioned to safety at Pitt under Coach (Phil) Bennett (Baylor defensive coordinator)," Briles said. "We're glad to get him back. He brings toughness, intelligence and athletic ability to the safety position."
The former high school quarterback prepped at Cypress Falls High School in Houston, Texas. He threw for nearly 5,000 yards and rushed for more than 1,300 yards over his final two seasons at Cy Falls. As a senior in 2008, he rushed 1,006 yards. He threw for 3,350 yards on 190-of-318 passing, tossing 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions as a junior in 2007, earning third-team 5A Texas all-state honors. He led Cy Falls to a 9-3 record and a 6-1 mark in District 15-5A play as a junior, helping Cy Falls advance to the second round of the 5A Region III playoffs. As a junior, he was also named to the Houston Touchdown Club's list of the top 24 prep players in the Houston area.
He was rated the nation's No. 28 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com, No. 43 by Scout.com and No. 52 by ESPN out of high school.
Gray increases Baylor's number of incoming newcomers to 17 this fall, in addition to the four newcomers who joined the program prior to spring drills.