Jared McCray, a 6-foot-5, 309-pound offensive lineman from Minton, Ohio, has verbally committed to play football at the University of Louisville in 2014.

An all-conference first teamer during his junior year so he’s got to be good. But, according to his Jeff Pica, the school’s athletic director, his abilities extend far beyond football as he related to the Portsmouth Daily-Times:McCray

McCray was described as a high character person by his coach, who said he has become a leader on and off the field. No event is more evident of McCray’s character then the scene at the Waverly-Minford contest last season, Pica said.

Beau Szoke, a freshman football player at Waverly, was killed in an automobile accident that week. At the Minford-Waverly game, McCray led both teams in a prayer to remember Szoke.

“He lead the prayer,” Pica said. “That’s the type of person he is, he cares about people. He brought both teams together.”

After his senior season, McCray will take his considerable skill, character and leadership to Louisville.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

2 thoughts on “Louisville football recruit seen as leader”
  1. I’ve read all the major Card fan sites’ assessments about this young man and see lots of upsides…but your finds are the best, Charlie. Such character comments as these could have used to describe Peyton Siva….and look where he took us!

  2. U of L has had a pretty good run so far with guys named McCray — this kid looks like another winner!

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