Evan Gregory

No. 6 OG Evan Gregory discusses Rutgers, West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia

Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha offensive guard prospect Evan Gregory discusses Rutgers junior day as well as trips to Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland.

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Evan Gregory, the top offensive guard in the East and No. 6 in the 2018 class, made a weekend junior day visit to Rutgers, was recently at West Virginia and Virginia, and he knows Maryland well.

In addition, trips to North CarolinaWake ForestTennessee and LSU are on Gregory's mind, but the Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha standout is not close to settling on a school.

"I don't really have leaders," the 6-foot-4, 298-pound Gregory said. "I'm staying away from that."


Gregory's recruitment is in the exploratory phase, and Saturday was devoted to Rutgers. He made a trip there for junior day, and he hit it off with offensive line coach A.J. Blazek.

"It was really good," Gregory said. "I like coach Blazek. He was very welcoming and he showed us a good time. He's a real energetic dude. He's always yelling. He may not think that he's yelling, but he's a very loud dude."

Gregory also took in what it is like to be an offensive lineman at Rutgers.

"I learned they really love great linemen," he said. "They love the environment to work hard, they know what they're doing, and they also love to compete. We went to the weight room and they showed us charts, and they competed in every single thing. I really liked that."

The school Gregory is most familiar with is Maryland, which is a few minutes from DeMatha. The Terps landed several Stags in the last few classes, including Scout 100 running back Anthony McFarland in the 2017 class.

"I knew Anthony before I went to DeMatha," Gregory said. "Anthony was well known, but to play with him, it was like, 'Oh, it's Anthony McFarland.' It was pretty exciting."

In addition to pushing the hometown angle, Maryland is working Gregory hard with assistant coach Aazaar Abdul-Rahim and offensive line coach Dave Borbely. He also has an occasional chat with coach D.J. Durkin.

"They are saying in the 2018 class, I would be a special part of it," Gregory said. "They are talking about the family aspect of it, and life after college football."

A recent visit to West Virginia gave Gregory a look at the Big 12 school, but he dd not get to spend much time with the coaching staff.

"I went to the campus and you could tell it was a college football town," he said. "Everything was so small and it was all together. I went to a basketball game and it was like a ghost town, and then we went to the arena and everyone was in there."

Meanwhile, Virginia made quite the impression when he visited last week for the basketball game against Duke.

"They pretty much preach that family is first in everything they did," he said. "They try to become family with each and every single person in the community. I liked it very much."

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