OL Gary Gregory (6-4, 310 pounds) from Apopka (Fla) High School may be an unknown to most NC State recruiting fans but he's been a target on the Wolfpack recruiting board for weeks. Gregory quietly went about putting together a solid senior season and Blue Darter head coach coach Ty Ensor told Pack Pride that his offensive line star has been key during his team's successful run over the last two years.
"Gary is a very intelligent kid," said Ensor. "He's got a 3.4 GPA scored a 1000 on the SAT. He's also a very intelligent football player. Gary's a hard worker and stays after practice trying to get better on the things he needs to improve on. His 10th grade year was his first year playing and he's made himself into a great football player through hard work and dedication.
"He's being recruited by NC State, Wake Forest, Clemson, Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, Ole Miss, Kentucky, Central Florida and a few others. He has offers from Florida Atlantic, New Mexico, Wake Forest, Kentucky and Cincinnati."
While his team didn't keep up with grading percentages or pancake blocks, Gregory played well enough that he was named to the central Florida all-star team and was an all-region and all-county selection. Pack Pride caught up with Gregory to see which schools he's got on his radar currently.
"So far I've set up three visits," said Gregory. "I'm going to NC State on Jan 13. I've got New Mexico on Jan 20 and Florida Atlantic on Jan 27. Those three would probably be my top schools right now."
Gregory broke down each of his top three and explained what he likes about each program.
NC State- "I just like the program, overall. I like how they handle stuff up there. Coach Dixon is recruiting me and he's a good guy. I can tell he knows what he's talking about. Coach Dixon told me he thinks they'll probably offer me. They have film of me but I think they just want to meet me in person."
New Mexico- "I really like the offensive line there. They have had some guys go to the NFL and they usually have good offensive linemen and running backs.
Florida Atlantic- "They have a good coach there. Coach Schnellenberger, I really like him and the way he runs the program. Also, it's close to home so that's nice."
Gregory said he plans to take all of his visits before making a decision even if he were to know where he wants to go after the first one.
"I'm going to wait it out," he said. "I want to go on all my visits and then decide, even if I know where I want to go after the first visit."
Gregory plans to major in Engineering.