UW gets in the mix for JUCO pass-rusher

Heading into the 2012 football season, Arizona Western DE/LB Randy Gregory was considered to be one of the top JUCO pass-rushers in the country. However, his season was cut short when he broke the fibula in his left leg during practice. Even with the injury, schools are jumping at the chance to get him in the boat Washington just threw their hat in the ring when they extended him an offer...

"Coach (Tosh) Lupoi talked to me on the phone last night and he told me Washington was offering me," Gregory told Dawgman.com. "I was sorta in shock because they had never talked to me before last night. I guess they had talked to my coaches before, just to find out about me and get my transcripts, but I hadn't talked to them before.

"I don't know much about the school up there. Coach Lupoi, their D-Line coach, he's a pretty cool guy though. He said they want to stand me up and have me play linebacker for them so they can use me as an edge pass-rusher and that's what I was going to do this year, so I think that'd be a great way to use me and it definitely has me looking at them."

With the offer from the Huskies, Gregory is now up to 16 offers with the likes of Purdue, who he remains a soft commit to, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Utah already extending offers.

Gregory plans to visit Nebraska this weekend and has already visited Iowa State (10/13) and will visit Purdue on 11/24.

"I'm probably setting up a visit with Oklahoma too and there's a slight chance that Missouri is a school I will visit too," Gregory said. "Honestly, Washington is a school I am considering because, when I came out of high school, I was just a mid west guy, I didn't know much about other schools and other parts of the country and I signed with Purdue.

"Now with Washington getting into the mix, I'll look at it with my dad and my coaches. I know that Chris Young, who I played with last year here at Arizona Western, is from there and had committed to play for them, but he's at ASU now so I guess it didn't work out.

"If I do visit Washington, it will probably be in December, just because I'm not real sure about their home dates and if I already have another visit that weekend."

As a freshman last fall, Gregory was a monster off the edge for Arizona Western posting 82 tackles, 20.5 tackles-for-loss and nine sacks.

He had hoped to build off of that year with an even better sophomore season, but he broke the fibula in his left leg during practice the second week of the season, so he's redshirting now so he can save a year of eligibility.

"It's not a good thing that I got hurt obviously, but it's good that I can redshirt and save a year," Gregory said. "Now I can come in and have three to play three wherever I end up signing and that's always a good thing."

Gregory was adamant that he remains committed to Purdue, but also said he felt like he needed to go through the process to be sure he was making the right decision.

"I have to be sure (the school he signs with) is the right place for me to be and where I can grow as a person and as a player," Gregory noted. "I'll take my visits and then figure out where I will sign."

We will continue to keep track of Gregory's progress and will update news as it happens with him.

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