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Originally committed to Ohio State, Marietta offensive lineman Jake Wray will instead be going to Colorado to play for former Georgia defensive coordinator Mel Tucker.

Jake Wray can now call Colorado home.

The Marietta offensive lineman committed to play for the Buffaloes on Wednesday. He will graduate from Marietta in December and enroll early so he can be on campus for the beginning of spring practice.

Wray made his decision based on comfort and fit.

“Once I started my recruitment process, I knew the main thing was to choose a place that I could see myself living in,” Wray said. “I lived in Colorado for six years before, so, once I came back, it was an easy choice.”

Wray will be coached by new Buffaloes coach Mel Tucker, the former Georgia defensive coordinator who had gotten to know Wray over the last year. The 6-foot-5, 290-pound tackle will look to be a key piece on an already stout line.

“I love the fit at Colorado, mainly because I am coachable, and Mel knows me very well,” Wray said. “He just wants me to succeed on and off the field. I feel that I will mesh perfectly with the rest of the guys there.”

Wray, a four-star recruit and the 36th-best lineman in the country according to Rivals, was originally committed to Ohio State, where he was set to join his brother, Max, who is a member of the Buckeyes’ offensive line. However, when Urban Meyer announced his retirement as Ohio State's coach following the end of the 2018 regular season, Wray decommitted.

“When Urban Meyer retired, (Wray) was like, ‘Let me take a step back and re-evaluate,’” Marietta coach Richard Morgan said. “He took some more visits. He actually took two visits to Colorado and just fell in love with it.”

Morgan said playing under Tucker will help Wray grow as an offensive lineman.

“I think it’s a great fit for him,” Morgan said. “He’s going to play against a lot of really good teams and really good competition.”

Though the joining of the Wray brothers at Ohio State would have been a big family affair, Jake Wray said his brother was fine with the decision.

“He loves me and wants the best for me,” Wray said. “Everything doesn’t always go as planned, but he understands that. He knows I will do fine wherever I had committed.”

Wray said he was sold on the opportunity to rebuild Colorado into the kind of program it was in the late 1980s and early '90s. The Buffaloes shared the national championship with Georgia Tech in 1990, during a time in which they were averaging nearly 11 wins a season and playing in major bowl games.

Colorado, however, stumbled after moving into the Pac-12 Conference in 2011. The Buffaloes have had only one winning season in that time, a 10-win campaign in 2016.

Wray said he understands Tucker’s plan and knows he wants to get the program back to those glory days.

“I want to help put the team back on the map any way I can,” Wray said. “I will do whatever coach asks of me. I will play whatever role I need to, but the goal is the create a culture with Colorado.”

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