Firmly Committed

Carrollton (Texas) American Heritage Academy star Chip Gregory was one of the first Arkansas commitments and remains firmly pledged to the Razorbacks heading into next Wednesday's national signing date.

Chip Gregory will have a lot of people cheering for him next season when he goes off to play college football at Arkansas.

With four younger brothers looking up to him, Gregory (6-4, 212, 4.4) knows he'll have plenty of support.

"It's a lot of responsibility," Gregory said. "Them looking up to you and just taking care of them is a lot of work."

Gregory's brothers are 13-, 7-, 6- and 3-years old.

Gregory attended Plano (Texas) East High as a freshman before transferring to Carrolton (Texas) American Heritage Academy.

Having made his choice in July, Gregory was the third player to commit to the Razorbacks, following defensive tackle Freddie Barnett and offensive lineman Jim Hart.

Since, he's been playing basketball and getting ready to sign with the Razorbacks on Feb. 1, the first day of the signing period.

He's also found some time to keep track of recruiting.

"I think it'll be an excellent class this year," Gregory said. "It should give us a chance to compete for a national championship."

Gregory doesn't have a preference where he plays, although Arkansas coaches have told him they are leaning to him as a defensive player.

He would likely be a safety or an outside linebacker, and would like to contribute on special teams as well.

Gregory's courtship with Arkansas began when assistant coach James Shibest saw Gregory during spring football practice.

"I was excited that someone was coming out to see me," Gregory said.

He drew interest from Arizona, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State and Texas A&M but chose the Razorbacks.

"It was beautiful," Gregory said of his visit to Fayetteville. "It was like a home away from home. When I got to hang with the football players, it was like I fit right in there at Arkansas."

Shibest and Arkansas coach Houston Nutt traveled to the Dallas suburb Wednesday to visit the Gregorys.

The visit left Chip Gregory's father, "Big Chip", impressed.

"Coach Nutt is absolutely wonderful," "Big" Chip Gregory said. "I love him. He's straightforward and right to the point."

Like many players across the country who are about to sign letters of intent, Gregory is enjoying his last semester of high school and finishing up his last season of basketball before beginning work in college and for football.

"It's just been an experience out there having fun with the guys, loving it as I go through the season," Gregory said.

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