New Offers Come In, But Two Stand Out

Bloomington – With more scholarship offers coming in and interest on the rise, Hamilton Southeastern H.S. defensive end Randy Gregory is keeping an open mind. But the 6'4", 210-pound defensive end admits two schools stand out at this point in the process...

Bloomington – With more scholarship offers coming in and interest on the rise, Hamilton Southeastern H.S. defensive end Randy Gregory is keeping an open mind.

But the 6'4", 210-pound defensive end admits two schools stand out at this point in the process.

"My plan right now is to stay in-state, so that would be between Indiana and Purdue," Gregory said.

That's good news to the coaching staffs in Bloomington and West Lafayette, both of which have already offered the athletic rush end who totaled 17 sacks and 92 tackles as a junior. Illinois Minnesota, Toledo and Ball State have also offered, while Iowa has told Gregory it will likely offer as well when he comes to town June 13.

"I'll go over to Iowa and Minnesota and see if I'd want to do anything over there," Gregory said. "But I kind of hope to stay in-state."

If Gregory sticks to that plan, either IU or Purdue will be getting a highly-productive prospect ranked as the 88th-best defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. A two-way player who stars as a wide receiver on offense, Gregory has more going for him than his athleticism.

"I think coaches like my toughness," Gregory said. "I'm only about 210 right now, but the way our defense is on my high school team I'm kind of a defensive tackle so I play on the guard a lot. I like to think of myself as a speed end, but I don't mind going up against someone who outweighs me by 50-60 pounds."

Both IU and Purdue are in the market for a speed end, and have zeroed in on Gregory as a top catch in the 2011 class. Gregory admits there's a lot to like about both schools.

"With Purdue, I like the success they've had at the position," Gregory said. "I've talked to the coaches and they've talked about that a lot. They're really looking for a speed end. They're looking at me and that I'm one of their top recruits and I like that.

"Indiana seems to really like me, and I like the coaches. I'm really good friends with Coach (Billy) Lynch and the rest of the coaching staff. I like where they're going with the program. There are a lot of positives on both sides."

With the two in-state rivals seemingly neck-and-neck, Gregory will take the spring and summer months to take a closer look at both programs along with the other programs that are hoping to lure him out of state.

"I plan on making my decision before the start of football season," Gregory said. "I won't really be able to see how their seasons go, but I would like to see how IU and Purdue do this year and see if they're progressing. I want to play for a winning program. That's really important. Outside of that and staying close to home, I guess I want to have a good relationship with the coaches and feel like I fit in the program and the campus."


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