Gresham Excited for Teammate
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Gresham Excited for Teammate

Fort Worth All Saints running back and Texas commitment Daniel Gresham talks about teammate Demetrius Knox's commitment and the duo's recruitment.

"I'm really excited," Gresham said. "I always wanted him to come down, but I wanted him to make the right choice for him. I didn't want him to just follow me to school. He weighed the pros and cons and decided that Texas was the right place."

The two have been fast friends since they both moved to attend All Saints when Gresham was 15. Both were the new kids, Gresham from Crowley and Knox from Garland, and Knox actually lived with Gresham's family for a month or two before his mother moved down.

"We started talking then about college and things like that," Gresham said. "He's like my brother. We started talking about going to college together … and when we found out we both had a chance to be highly recruited, it came together."

The decision came quicker for Gresham, who admits that he wasn't the typical Longhorn fan from berth. He was born in Louisville and said he was a Cardinals fan growing up. But when he moved to Texas, "all anybody talked about was Texas." Gresham was a baseball player first, and when he began taking off as a football player, he expected the smaller offers to come first.

"That's kind of how it works, where the smaller schools offer first, and then you start to see the bigger schools like Texas, Alabama and Notre Dame offer later," Gresham said. "So it was really a blessing that a big school like Texas was my first offer."

Gresham made the analogy to a student coming out of college and looking for a job. Most of the time, he said, people took smaller, lower-paying jobs and worked their way up. But the early Texas offer was like "getting that big, high-paying job as your first job out of college."

"It was like they were already giving me a promotion," Gresham said.

Gresham's lead recruiter was Dallas-Fort Worth ace Darrell Wyatt.

"He's a really nice guy," Gresham said. "He came down and talked to our coach a lot. He's like the rest of the staff … I like how the Texas staff keeps everything straightforward. They tell you exactly what they want and what they need. They don't mess around."

But what Texas wanted from Gresham changed as the Longhorns saw more highlights. Major Applewhite always told Gresham that he liked his quickness for his size, and how he wasn't a one-dimensional back. But after seeing more of him, Gresham said his future position shifted from fullback to fullback and running back, and then to running back.

"They said that once they realized that I was faster than they thought, they were going to play me at running back like Malcolm Brown and Joe Bergeron," Gresham said.

And so Gresham became a part of what has easily been the state's top offensive class. The Longhorns have commitments from top quarterback Jerrod Heard, running backs Gresham and Donald Catalon, wideout Lorenzo Joe and now, Knox on the offensive line.

"I don't think I'm telling anybody anything they don't know, but especially when Texas is struggling like they are now, you want to come in and help Texas get back to the big powerhouse name school they've always been," Gresham said. "We want to help turn the program around. And a lot of times, when recruits see one really good recruit commit, another one comes, and another, and you want to just keep attracting big-name recruits."

So who is Gresham set to recruit now? He might not be leaving his Fort Worth campus to do so. He said the Texas coaches have expressed interest in All Saints quarterback Foster Sawyer and safety Kendall Adams. Both have big-time schools interested, with Sawyer drawing interest from Alabama and Adams catching Oklahoma's eye. In-state programs Baylor and TCU are also looking at both players.

"I'm just going to go to those two guys and talk Texas in their ear," Gresham said, laughing.

That kind of talent enabled Fort Worth All Saints to roll to a championship this year, after falling just short in Gresham's freshman and sophomore seasons.

"It was extremely special," Gresham said. "Our coach has been preaching to us every year what we had to do, pushing us in the weight room. I hadn't ever won a championship in my life, and especially with it coming after an undefeated season, it speaks a lot to our coaches and how hard they coached us. Our coach said he had to be a hardass to us at first so we could realize the intensity that they wanted us to bring.

"From losing it our freshman year, and my sophomore year losing in the championship game, this year you could see we had the passion," Gresham said. "You can just look at our scores and see that passion and our dedication … how badly we wanted it."