USA Football Adds Depth

To the young and growing USA football program, developing quality depth is a necessity. Being able to do that without having to use scholarships has tremendous vale and it seems that USA has accomplished just that. Mining the talent-rich Atlanta area, as they have done for their previous recruiting classes, the Jags have brought in three quality walk-ons to help build that depth.

Joining the team for the 2011 season will be Josh Gregory of Chattahoochee High School, Taylor Malone of Northview High School and Nino Mole of Parkview High School.

Gregory comes to USA as the most decorated member of this trio. As a member of Chattahoochee's Class AAAA championship team, Gregory filled a number of roles, including wide receiver, running back and linebacker. However, it is at safety where he is expected to contribute on the college level. The 6'1" 193lb athlete was selected honorable mention All-State, the North Fulton (County) Area Defensive Player of the Year, and voted team captain by his teammates. Gregory, who had a scholarship offer to VMI, has a reported 40 yard dash time of 4.58 and is an honor roll student with a 3.5 GPA. As a senior he racked up 158 tackles, 19 for a loss and two interceptions on defense while accounting for 10 touchdowns on offense. What makes these totals even more impressive is that he didn't play in the second half of eight of his team's 15 games because of the sizable lead the Cougars enjoyed.

Before Gregory starred as a senior at Chattahoochee, he played at nearby Northview High School. It is a good friend of his from Northview, Taylor Malone, who will be his roommate at USA. Taylor is a 6'2" 265lb lineman whom played offensive tackle, center and guard as well as defensive tackle for the Titans. He projects as a guard at USA where his toughness and tenacity may lead to some playing time. Malone got looks from Virginia Tech as well as other FBS programs, but no scholarship offers ever materialized as Northview struggles through a 1-9 season.

The final member of the group is wide receiver/defensive back Nino Mole. Mole is actually being offered walk-on status in track and field as well as football. At 6'1 and 180lbs and a reported 4.45 40 yard dash time, Mole contributed several explosive plays for the Parkview Panthers. He demonstrated sure hands and willingness to block as well, assets that may make him valuable on special teams. As a track athlete he recorded personal bests of 11.55 in the 100m, 22.9 in the 200m, 35.97 in the 300m and 49.32 in the 400m.

Many successful college and even professional football players began their careers as walk-ons. While no one knows what the future holds for anyone, hopefully one or more of these young men can find success on the field at South Alabama, for both their sakes and that of the Jag football program.

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