Greg Eisworth was an early enrollee at Ole Miss but an injury derailed his desire to play there as a true freshman. He left the Rebels, and after playing as a redshirt freshman at Trinity Valley Community College in Athens, Texas, this fall, the 6-foot-0, 195-pound safety will be ready to rejoin the FBS ranks. He already has one option in Colorado, as the Buffaloes extended an offer last week.
"I have also talked to TCU, Texas and Oklahoma a little bit, and Colorado State reached out to me after Colorado offered but none of those schools have been in consistent contact with me like Colorado has so far," he said. "Recruiting is kind of getting jump started again, but slowly. I kind of know more of what I am looking for in a school now, and things to pay more attention to."
Assistant director of recruiting A.J. Baer was the first member of the Buffaloes' staff to reach out to Eisworth, and he has since been in contact with secondary coach ShaDon Brown.
"Colorado didn't recruit me out of high school so I am gathering information on them," he said. "I know they have a good pass defense and it helps that [head] coach [Mike] MacIntyre has NFL experience with defensive backs. That is cool to know that if I went there, I would be able to relate to him as a defensive back. I hear CU is a great academic school and they wanted to see my grades and my transcripts. That is something I like about Colorado, too, because life isn't all about football. Even if I were to make it to the NFL, you never know, I could get hurt or have something else happen. So it is always good to have a great education to fall back on.
"I went to Ole Miss and got hurt and I went the Junior College route not knowing exactly where it would take me, how everything would pan out. Colorado extending me an offer is just a blessing and I feel like God is putting me in a position where I can succeed. I took a risk coming here and starting the whole process over. I feel like I am getting a second chance, another opportunity to do something I have always wanted to do."
Eisworth hopes to take his time with the recruiting process this time around.
"I committed early out of high school so I'd like to do it a little differently now, but at the same time I will gather an idea of which schools I am liking because I might have to adjust some of my classes based off school requirements," he said.
A two-way standout during his high school career at Grand Prairie (Texas) South, Eisworth racked up over 2,400 yards and scored 24 touchdowns on the offensive side of the ball as a senior in 2015.
"Having played quarterback my last two years in high school allows me to recognize the play a lot faster, it seems, than other defensive players," he said. "I study the playbook and know my assignment. So if it is a run, I can trigger fast and go make a big hit or just make a big play. I think my playmaking ability, just having a knack for the ball is my best attribute. When the ball is in the air, I am a great ball-hawk. If it is in my vicinity, I am going to go over and get the ball."
Eisworth is on pace to be a December graduate with three to play three.