Gary Albury makes his grades

Gary Albury (CB, Orlando, FL) - Gary picked up All-Conference and All-State honors while helping Edgewater High to the state runner-up spot three years in a row. Team was 14-2 senior season and 13-3 junior campaign ... Had eight pass interceptions senior year ... Also had nine picks as a junior ...

Earned three letters in football ... Coached in high school by Bill Gierke ... Also lettered in basketball and track ... PERSONAL: Son of Sheila Albury ... Full name is Gary L. Albury ... Born: December 12, 1986.

Quotes from Bill Gierke

"Gary runs a true 4.5 forty and has run in the 4.4s. He has the ability to move and turn his hips. He had 9 interceptions as a junior and 8 interceptions as a senior. He was a three year starter for a program that made it to the state championship game for three straight years," said Edgewater Coach Bill Gierke. "He is about 6-0, 175 and has never been hurt. Ole Miss is going to get him up there as soon as possible. The kids in high school at cornerback do not understand the pace of college ball. We played a lot of man on man converges, so that should help him. I think his skill level will help him adjust. He has tremendous hip movement and that is what makes him so special. He is a team player, and he does not mind making the sacrifices for the team, which is unusual in today's world. We had nine players sign D1 scholarships off of our team, and he is probably more skilled than any of them. I have known Coach Orgeron since he was an assistant at Miami. I sent him Warren Sapp and several other big time players. I know Ed well, and no one is going to outwork him. He got himself an impact player with Gary."

Quotes from Ed Orgeron

"Coach (Matt) Lubick did an excellent job in Florida in a short period of time for us and Gary is an example of that. We needed some speed in the secondary and Gary Albury is someone who helps provide that. He played for an excellent high school program and excellent coaches and has good skills already."

The following information was revealed during our interview with Gary Albury :

Have you seen any changes in your weight or height since signing day? "Yea, I went up 5 pounds. I weigh 180 now. I am still 6' 0" tall."

Been timed in the 40 recently? "No, not recently. Last time, I ran a 4.56. Something like that."

What are you doing to keep yourself in football shape? "Just working out. I run the stadium 4 days a week, and I lift 4 days a week. I play volleyball to keep my legs in shape."

Did you participate in any Spring sports? "Just volleyball."

What are your current strength numbers? "I am benching around 225 five times right now."

Are you going to participate in any high school football all-star games this summer? "No, they were played when we were playing in the State Finals."

When are you scheduled to graduate? "May 17th."

Where do you stand, academically? "I am good. I am all set, ready to go. I just have to finish off the year pretty strong. But as far as qualifying, I am already there. I made an 18 on my last ACT test, and I have a 2.65 core GPA."

When will you enroll at Ole Miss? "I am going to try and get there as soon as possible. I am going to try and go to summer school if I can work out with the team."

When was the last time you spoke with a staff member from Ole Miss? "Coach Luke called yesterday. We were going over the summer school stuff, just going over my academics mostly."

When will you attend summer school? "2nd summer session (July)."

Which position do you expect to start out at when you get to Ole Miss? "Cornerback."

What are your personal goals for your freshman season? "I just want to come in there and try to get as strong as I can so I can get in the rotation."

What can the fans expect from you as the player? "I will come in with a lot of energy. I want to help my team do the best it is capable of doing."

What do you expect from the team? "I think we can go all the way to the top. If not, we need to work together and accomplish as much as we can."

Any players from Edgewater we need to keep an eye on? "Greg Mathews (WR) and Bobby Rouh (WR)."

Thinking back on it; what was the #1 reason you choose Ole Miss? "Just the atmosphere in general and the coaching staff. How they welcomed me."

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