Warren County senior Braylon Grayson has been a hard-hitting linebacker and a leader for the Pioneers and he is excited to see how the season will play out.
“I’m not too excited because it’s my last year,” he said, “but I’m excited to show this town how committed we are.”
Grayson is committed as he has been playing football since he was 5 years old. “Most of my life,” he said.
Some may know his older brother Isaiah who also starred at football for the Pioneers. Braylon added, “My mom told me to try it out.”
Grayson began seeing playing time on Friday nights as a sophomore on a team that finished 8-3 and was loaded with senior talent. On a field of Pioneer playmakers, Grayson stood out as a relentless linebacker who was never far from the football and arrived with a nasty disposition.
A gifted athlete, Grayson sees playing time on offense as a running back. He was especially effective last season catching passes out of the backfield and was a top receiving threat.
“He’s a high-motor type of player, the kind you love to coach,” said WCHS coach Matt Turner. “With Braylon, you never have to worry about effort. One of the great things about this team is his effort and attitude are rubbing off on other players and they are picking up their level of play. It’s what you expect from a team leader.”
Grayson feels at home at inside linebacker, a position he has played since middle school and he certainly enjoys it.
“You get to hit people,” he said, while also mentioning his favorite part of playing offense. “I love going out for passes.”
Braylon’s connection with teammates goes all the way back to pee wee football.
This is where he first met a lot of his teammates and he said since they’ve played so long together, their chemistry on the field is a strength.
Braylon said, “This senior class has been teaching the freshmen how the program works.”
He says the seniors are passing along knowledge they’ve learned and the freshmen of today will be the WCHS football leaders of tomorrow.
Though it’s his last year at the high school level, Grayson hopes to continue playing.
“I want to play at a higher level, just whatever opportunity is best for me,” he said.
"He doesn't have all the measurables," said coach Turner referring to height and weight, "but I would think any team in the country would want to have a player like Braylon Grayson."
Braylon says a future career could be as a chiropractor. As for college, he said, “I’ve been talking to some schools.”
Grayson is sure to be an asset for the Pioneers as he continues to be a leader and playmaker for Warren County this season.