In the second Battle 7v7 tournament of the year, Arizona played host to 23 high school club teams, one of those being Tucson Turf, who touts 4-star wide receiver Kyion Grayes from Chandler, Arizona. Playing away from home, Grayes is joined by fellow Buckeye target and 4-star safety Xavier Nwankpa from Southeast Polk, Iowa.
Grayes is ranked the #46 wide receiver in the country and the #3 prospect in the state of Arizona and currently holds 16 offers, including Ohio State and Oregon, his reported top two.
Grayes, who was committed to Arizona at the time, received an offer from Ohio State back on October 20th. He decommitted from the Wildcats roughly two months later.
As a key target, the Buckeyes are looking to add Grayes to its 2022 class, which also includes 5-star Texas wide receiver Caleb Burton.
After Tucson Turf went 2-1 in pool play on Saturday, losing to TrueBuzz Dallas, Grayes and his squad consisting of mostly Arizona-based players are looking to take home the title at the end of the weekend.
Acting exclusively as a slot receiver for Tucson Turf, Grayes has been working on his mechanics and releases.
“It gives me a chance to try new techniques and it also keeps me ready for the season,” he told Buckeye Scoop on Saturday.
“It’s very fun,” he said with a smile, “I mean, knowing this season is my last ride, I have to enjoy every moment of it.”
Grayes, who is entering his senior year, has mainly been talking to Ohio State and Oregon, but noted that Michigan State, Penn State, Iowa State and Arizona have all talked to him on a regular basis.
When asked about his relationship with Ohio State’s coaching staff, Grayes added, “I’d say coach (Brian) Hartline and head coach (Ryan) Day talk to me the most.”
He also noted that he talks with OSU offensive quality control coach Keenan Bailey.
“All three of us, we talk a good amount, and we’ve done a lot of talking in the past, so we know a lot about each other,” he said.
Grayes also commented on a 2022 group chat, which includes a number of Buckeye targets who all talk on a regular basis.
In addition, Grayes has had numerous conversations with current Buckeyes who played their high school football in Arizona.
“I’ve known (Ohio State QB) Jack Miller for a while. I know (Ohio State DB) Lathan Ransom, and I’ve only heard positive things (about Columbus),” he said. “There has not been one negative thing I’ve heard about Ohio State.”
Due to the NCAA’s extension of the recruiting dead period, official visits and in-person contact with coaches are prohibited through at least May, however Grayes will take a tour of the campus next weekend, February 27-28.
“I really just want to walk around and get a feel for the environment,” he said. “It’s a whole new environment coming from Arizona, so I just want to see what (the weather) is like.”
“I really want to see the stadium,” he added.
When asked if he had any closing words for Buckeye Nation, Grayes threw up an O-H for the camera, possibly hinting at a commitment in the near future.