POTTSBORO — Charlie Bray has something that cannot be coached: Size, and plenty of it.

POTTSBORO — Charlie Bray has something that cannot be coached: Size, and plenty of it.


At 6-foot-7 and 325 pounds, Bray was a dominant force at left guard for three-time district champion Pottsboro, helping the Cardinals to a 17-0 district record during that time.


Bray is also surprisingly nimble of foot, with a 5.2-second clocking in the 40-yard dash and plenty of playing time on the Cardinals’ basketball team.


Now, Bray will be taking his talents — and his heft — across Lake Texoma to East Central (Okla.) University’s football team. Bray signed his national letter of intent with the Tigers on Wednesday.


"It’s a happy moment in my life," Bray said. "It’s everything I’ve worked for, and my dream is to play ball and go to college. It’s coming true, so it’s the happiest moment I’ve ever lived."


Bray becomes only the latest big man from Pottsboro to move on to the collegiate level in recent years, following in the footsteps of Cody Bauer (Rice), Justin Lawler (SMU) and Everett Baker, whom Bray will reunite with at East Central.


"We’ve been very fortunate here," Pottsboro head coach Matt Poe said. "We’re fortunate to have some really good kids, and some really good football players on top of that. That makes it more special … We’ve been fortunate to have some good-sized kids, and that always helps."


Baker, a 6-6, 240-pound defensive lineman, signed with East Central a year ago after an all-state senior season with Pottsboro. Bray is looking forward to playing alongside his former teammate again.


"I played a few years with Everett, and we’re good with each other," Bray said. "We know each other really well and it’s going to be a lot of fun. We’ll put in a lot of work and win some games."


Bray had been drawing interest from SMU, Tulsa, Midwestern State and Tarleton State before he finally settled on East Central.


"I went up there a couple of weeks ago by myself and looked at the campus, and I felt like it was home," Bray said.


Other local players on the ECU roster include a trio from Gainesville: receiver David Moore, defensive lineman Dequan Wilford and outside linebacker Christopher White, all of whom were freshmen last fall.


At the end of last season, Bray was named co-Offensive Lineman of the Year in District 6-2A (I), sharing the award with Van Alstyne’s Connor Mayes, who signed with Minnesota on Wednesday. Bray was also voted first-team all-district as a junior.


Not only does Bray have the brawn, but he’s also got the brains. Bray was a two-time academic all-district player in 6-2A (I), carries a 3.65 grade-point average and ranks in the top 20 percent of his class. He plans to major in finance at ECU.


"Charlie’s a very good student-athlete," Poe said. "His schoolwork comes first. That’s the way it should be with everybody. He does a great job in the classroom and also excels on the football field. He’s a hard worker and one of the leaders on our team. He does everything we ask."