It turned out to be Wyoming, where Ray worked under Christensen for four seasons as the running backs and wide receivers coach and became the school's primary recruiter in Oklahoma.
“I saw why we had to do certain things and why the system was how it was,” Ray said. “Then applying what I knew as a player into being a coach, I think I learned how to really relate to my players.”
Former longtime OSU assistant Doug Meacham leaving Stillwater to become the offensive coordinator at Houston gave Ray a chance to come back to his home state. This spring, he's beginning to work with inside targets such as Josh Stewart, the Big 12's top returning receiver, along with Blake Jackson, Blake Webb, David Glidden and Torrance Carr.
“Missouri's philosophy is similar to what ours is here,” Gundy said. “They don't run the ball much, or didn't at that time. Our thought process at the wide receiver position is very similar. That was one of the areas that intrigued us with his background.”
Ray doesn't really think about that first meeting with Gundy at Lewis Field as a high schooler more than a decade ago, or the way life has brought him back to Stillwater in a different capacity.
But he's thankful for the opportunity to coach at OSU.
“Any time you come into a situation where you work for somebody that understands the game, understands how to talk to players,” Ray said, “you're going to be in a good place as far as your career and as far as coaching and getting things going.
“I'm more than fortunate to be able to be on the staff and be working here. I couldn't ask for a better situation at this time in my life.”