Profile - Jacob Gregory
Centennial High School (GA) linebacker Jacob Gregory is starting to gain interest from schools around the South. Gregory recently visited two of those schools for their Junior Days.
Gregory feels that several schools are close to offering. Georgia Tech, Duke, West Virginia, Georgia State, and UAB are the schools that are showing strong interest in Jacob. Georgia Tech is the one school that Jacob feels is showing him the most interest. “It’s an exciting time for me.”
Last weekend, Jacob was at UAB and this coming weekend he’ll be visiting Georgia State. “I’ve already visited Tech and I’ll be making a return visit.”
The visit to UAB was an interesting one for Jacob. “They showed us why they started the program back up and why it was a mistake to shut it down.” UAB is adding new facilities and they are in the process of getting the program back on its feet.
There are other schools that Jacob is planning to visit this spring and summer. He’ll be visiting Miami of Ohio in March, Wake Forest on March 26th and Duke on June 5th. Jacob also plans to camp at West Virginia.
Jacob was at Tech for their Junior Day along with three other linebackers. They met with linebacker Coach Andy McCollum and talked about what he looks for from a linebacker. “He prefers a linebacker that has good footwork to get himself into position to make a play over one that has pure speed.”
Coach Bryan Cook is recruiting Gregory for Tech. “We’ve talked about what the school can do for me and he’s invited me back for spring practices and the spring game.” Coach Cook has also requested Jacob’s transcripts and test scores.
Tech is looking at Gregory as a middle linebacker. “They like my height (6’1 ½”) and they know with the right weight training I can add good weight to my current weight of 220 pounds.” Coach McCollum let Gregory know that one more year of high school and a year in college will put him where he needs to be physically.
If Jacob had to choose a favorite right now, it would be Tech. “They play in the ACC and have great academics.” Jacob feels that Tech has the right combination of athletics and academics that other schools can’t match.
In addition to looking for that balance of athletics and academics, Jacob will also be looking for a school that isn’t very far from home. A coaching staff that helps their athletes find jobs will be another factor when choosing a school.