Hometown visit impresses 2019 QB Taj Gregory

Arizona State is an emotional draw for a Houston-area quarterback in the 2019 class because he's originally from the area.

Taj Gregory, a 2019 quarterback at Yates High School in Houston, visited Arizona State unofficially recently. 

For the lanky 6-foot-6, 190 pound signal caller, it was also a chance to spend time with immediate family members. Gregory grew up in Arizona and his mother and twin sister still live in the state, just down the road from ASU. Gregory and his father moved to Houston when Gregory was in fifth grade. 

So when Gregory was strolling around the Tempe campus taking it all in for the first time, he did so with family members who wouldn't mind seeing him return home for college.

"It was just nice being there because Arizona is home to me," Gregory said. "I grew up there. I've never really been to the stadium but growing up I've always looked at it. I've just never looked at the facilities and things like that but I really liked it." 

"I liked the spring practice and just being out there. I know (ASU sophomore quarterback) Dillon Sterling-Cole because he's from Houston and actually last year when I was a freshman we played him at the high school I used to go to."

Gregory hasn't picked up a scholarship offer yet, but the ASU staff showed him around and spent time getting to know him. In fact, they're already trying to get him to make a return trip in a couple months. 

"I spent the day with the recruiting coordinator, (Donnie Yantis)," Gregory said. "We were just taking football, and I met the head coach Todd Graham, who was telling me to keep working. He wanted me to come out to camp in June. I talked to the quarterback coach (Billy Napier) and he was telling me he's heard about me and is looking forward to checking me out. He was also trying to get me to come to their camp.

"At the quarterback position a lot of coaches want to see you in person. So there's a lot of coaches DM'ng on twitter, telling me they'll be out in the spring, inviting me to come to see their junior day or camp, to come to their school. But they still want to see me throw in person."


As a sophomore, Gregory started on varsity for a team that went 7-4, with modest production. But he's a long and mobile athlete with a frame that will add a lot of size and strength over time. 

"Going from freshman to varsity was like a big change," Gregory said. "I got used to the pace and everything and feel like it went well and I'm going to use that and should only get better. Our team is going to be way better. My freshman year I didn't even go to Yates. So now we got a season in, we're a young team and we're going to be a lot better this year I think. 

"I definitely want to work on being more of a vocal leader. I've always been a lead by example. At the varsity level a lot of times you have to speak up, especially as a quarterback. So that's something I'm trying to do."

There's an obvious comparison to be made to former Texas quarterback Vince Young, a player with a similar frame who moved around in a way that somewhat resembles Gregory. But the young quarterback admires more contemporary players at the position. 

"Vince Young went to high school around the corner from me, so I hear that all the time. I don't know if he's just an older quarterback, maybe that's what it is, but I like Cam Newton and Paxton Lynch."

Gregory said he's been contacted by Alabama, Army, Baylor, LSU, McNeese State, Michigan State, North Carolina, Purdue, Rutgers, SMU, TCU and Tulsa. 

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