Helen Cox quarterback Dion Ray commits to UL-Lafayette

Quarterback is the only position Dion Ray has ever played.

So getting a chance to continue playing that position in college is one of the reasons the Helen Cox junior quarterback committed to Louisiana-Lafayette on Wednesday.

“That was huge,” Ray said. “I want a chance to play quarterback on the next level. That’s always been my dream. I wasn’t interested in playing other positions.”

Ray, one of the top New Orleans area players in the Class of 2015, had offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Arizona State, Tulane and Arkansas State. But most of those schools were recruiting the 6-foot, 190-pound Ray as an athlete.

“Dion’s focus has always been quarterback,” Cox coach Willie Brooks said.

“His commitment was to playing quarterback. We both feel that UL is a good spot for him because they run a similar offense to what we run and coach (Mark) Hudspeth does a good job with his quarterbacks. They have a senior quarterback now, and they are offering him a chance to come in and compete for a job. Plus, it’s close to home. It’s a win-win for both sides.”

Brooks has high praise for Ray, a dual- threat quarterback who has started since his freshman year.

“The first thing is he is an honor student, so he gathers information quickly,” Brooks said. “No. 2, he has a strong arm and can make all the throws. Plus, he has the athleticism, and he is a student of the game.”

Ray can make his commitment official Feb. 4, 2015, national signing day.

“It seems like their offense fits perfectly for me,” Ray said. “When I went there, it just felt special and felt like home. It seems like the coaches appreciated me.”