Xavior Gray's remarkable journey in football will continue at the University of Akron.

Gray, a senior offensive lineman from Jackson High School, committed to the Zips on Tuesday evening, making his announcement on Twitter.

The 6-foot-9, 320-pound Gray completely reshaped his body over the last two seasons, losing more than 150 pounds, to make himself into a Division I college recruit.

"First off I would like to thank God for giving me the strength and determination to get to where I am," Gray tweeted Tuesday. "Two years ago, I was 480 pounds and had a dream. I gave everything I had to get where I am and today that dream turns into a reality. I would like to thank my coaches, parents and family for being by my side and helping me through this recruiting process. Also thank you to all the schools and coaches that offered and showed interest in me."

Last fall, Gray earned third-team All-Ohio honors for the Polar Bears after anchoring their offensive line as a first-year starter. He also was first team All-Federal League and All-Northeast Inland District.

Jackson coach Tim Budd called Gray "probably the most improved player I've ever seen," late this past season, and said he was the team's "go-to guy on the offensive line."

Before his senior season, Gray had not played on the offensive line since early in his freshman year. His weight had limited his mobility and stamina, and Jackson only used him on the defensive line in short-yardage situations.

"The jump he's made since the start of two-a-days, that's as big of a jump as I've seen," Jackson assistant offensive line coach Evan Tortola said last October. "That's like four years of progress he's made in like 12 weeks."

In 2016, at his heaviest, Xavior weighed 484 pounds.

"This is a lot bigger than football," Budd said about Gray in August. "He really wanted to change his lifestyle and change his health. ... And he had the willpower to do it."

Gray lost his dad, Prince, when he was 12. Prince Gray, who stood 6-10, died of a heart attack in his 40s, just like his dad before him. Both men were overweight, according to Xavior.

"I just didn't want that for my future," Xavior said in August. "I want to have a family and I don't want to die young. He had diabetes. They told me I was on my way to be prediabetic. They told me I had to lose the weight, and that's what I did. That really drove me. It's something I think about every day when I wake up. It always pushes me to do better."