In a city where a few home runs have been launched, there's now a quarterback who says he has hit one by committing to Arkansas.
Chicago Simeon quarterback Robert Gregory (6-3, 195) decided to publicly announce his pledge to the Razorbacks on Monday instead of waiting for a scheduled one on Friday.
Gregory, who accounted for 50 touchdowns via the air and ground last season, chose Arkansas over Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, Eastern Michigan and others.
"When I came down to Arkansas to visit, I just hit it off with the coaches – especially the quarterback coach - they had great facilities, they play in the SEC and the atmosphere is fantastic," Gregory said. "I decided to just go ahead and commit today. I was kind of tired of the recruiting thing and knew where I wanted to go so there was no reason to wait."
It seems that Razorback quarterback coach and offensive coordinator Garrick McGee – a former Northwestern assistant – had a bit of an advantage when it came to Gregory.
"He's a Chicago guy," Gregory noted. "He wasn't born here or grew up here, but it coached here and he knows everything about this city. I think he has great knowledge as a coach and is going to help me become the best quarterback I can be."
Gregory - the Razorbacks' 17th commit of the 2012 class - had over 1,700 yards passing and nearly 1,000 rushing last season with 32 touchdown tosses and 18 scoring runs.
He opened this season on Saturday with 153 yards passing and two touchdowns and 51 yards rushing in Simeon's 23-14 loss to Mount Carmel at Solider Field.
Gregory, whose team beat Mount Carmel 49-41 the previous season as he accounted for over 500 yards total offense, played this season's game with a shoulder injury.
"I have a fracture clavicle, but just got it taped up and went out there and tried to make things happen," Gregory said. "The thing about the quarterback position is you get all the glory when the team wins and you get all the boos when they don't.
"So, that being said, I take this loss on myself," Gregory added. "I didn't complete enough passes and didn't make enough plays. I am not going to use the shoulder as an excuse."
Gregory summed up his strengths as a quarterback.
"I think I do a great job of reading defenses and getting the ball where it needs to go," Gregory said. "I want to continue to work on mu accuracy. I can hit any moving target, but I am working on the pass being perfect each time."
Gregory is teammates with another Razorback target in offensive lineman Jordan Diamond (6-6, 290).
The pair are planning an official visit to Fayetteville for the Oct. 7-9 weekend when Arkansas will be hosting defending national champion Auburn.
"You know I am going to be working on him to come be a Razorback with me," Gregory said. "That's my number one goal off the field now – to make that happen."
Gregory Commits to Arkansas
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