"I'm excited that it's close to my house, number one," Ray said on why he is now committed to Rutgers. "They run a pro-style offense. I really like the coaches, especially [quarterback coach Rob Spence]."
Ray spent his final weekend before Signing Day on an official visit to Rutgers. Hosted by walk-on linebacker Nick DePaola, Ray said his visit sold him on becoming a Scarlet Knight.
"I was always involved with Rutgers going to their camps and going to games, but [my visit] was good for seeing the inside of the program," Ray said. "It seems like a really good fit for me and I like the atmosphere."
Ray is a 6-foot-3 quarterback that comes from a spread offense at Bernards. Ray led his team to a 9-2 record as a senior, losing to Rutgers commit Justin Goodwin and Madison in the playoffs.
Ray threw for 2,078 yards, 20 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior and added another 448 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. He was the Maxwell State Player of the Year as a senior.
"Devin is an extremely, extremely talented quarterback," said Bernards head coach Jon Simoneau. "We are still somewhat of an up-and-coming program and I think that kept some schools from noticing him right away. If this were one or two years from now, he'd have offers from everywhere. … He has a great arm, but he can really do it with his feet and that makes him special."
Moving to the pro-style offense from a spread, Ray is aware of the challenge he faces as Rutgers begins its transition to the Big Ten. But familiar with walk-on stories like Michael Burton, Shaun O'Hara and Gary Brackett, Ray is coming to compete.
"I definitely look forward to the competition," Ray said. "I feel like I can play at that level and I have to work hard to continue my dream and to make sure I can keep on progressing."