Highly-touted Johnathan Gray gives Texas verbal commitment

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The Longhorns have picked up a commitment from Aledo High School running back Johnathan Gray, a five-star running back according the recruiting service Rivals.

The 5-foot-11-inch, 190-pound blue chipper announced his intent in a news release a few minutes after the clock struck midnight on April 22, his 18th birthday. His commitment, which is nonbinding, gives Texas 16 players in its 2012 recruiting class.

In his high school career, Gray has rushed for 6,990 yards and 124 career touchdowns, just 17 away from the all-time state record, which is held by current Longhorn Traylon Shead.

Gray chose Texas over Texas A&M and TCU.