Gregory likes MAC program

Indiana cornerback prospect has two scholarship offers, receiving significant interest from several programs

If all goes well on an early December official visit to Ball State, Jakeem Gregory, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound class of 2006 cornerback prospect, plans to make a verbal commitment to the Cardinals.

Gregory, a product of Nelson Snider High School in Fort Wayne, Ind., has scholarship offers from Ball State (Dec. 2 official visit) and Eastern Michigan (Dec. 9 official visit). Recently, he has been receiving the most interest from Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Purdue, Pittsburgh, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois State, Northwestern and Kentucky.

Has Wisconsin been in touch this fall?

"The defensive back coach (Ron Lee) told me that he really liked me," Gregory said. "… He has contacted me very little lately, but he just told me to be patient and he'd contact me more after the season was over and once their recruiting picks right back up."

Gregory's favorites are Ball State, Eastern Michigan, Pittsburgh and Ohio.

"But Ball State's pretty much separated from the pack," Gregory said. "That's pretty much who I'm leaning towards right now."

Why Ball State?

"First of all, they were my first offer, and they have pursued me pretty hard since they have offered me," Gregory said. "And they've always made me feel at home. I've visited there multiple times and they stay in contact a lot. And the whole coaching staff lets me know that I'm wanted down there… If my official visit goes well I'm going to commit to them."

Ball State wants Gregory to try his hand at returning kicks and punts, in addition to playing corner. Although the Cardinals are in the lead, Gregory had plenty of nice things to say about his other favorites.

Gregory regarding Eastern Michigan: "I have a great relationship with my recruiting coach, Coach Lee (defensive tackles coach Robert Lee), and he's like family. The school just in general is coming along. They have great facilities. They are up-and-coming. They have a new coaching staff. Their facilities are coming up. They've turned the academics around because the new staff is from Northwestern. So they set high standards and they're pretty competitive in the MAC and they're really young. So they have a long way to go."

Gregory regarding Pittsburgh: "Pittsburgh is just a great tradition. I like their coaching staff. They're straightforward. They don't lie to you. They just tell you how it is… It is a BCS conference. Great school. Like I said before, great tradition. Coach (Dave) Wannstedt coming from the NFL brings a lot of knowledge to the university… Great facilities. They are top-notch. They've got some of the best facilities in the country.

"Coach (Paul) Rhoads, the defensive back coach, we have a pretty good relationship. So I'd feel pretty comfortable playing under him."

Gregory regarding Ohio: "Ohio is just a great overall school. It's a great college atmosphere. The school is a great academic school. Academics are really important to me. It's one of the top academic universities in the nation.

"Having Coach (Frank) Solich come in, that's a big tool in recruiting. He's had success at a big-time program. He comes to the MAC and he brings some of those ideas… to the MAC.

"It's wonderful and they're an up-and-coming program. They've been subpar in the MAC but I think getting him as a head coach and getting some other coaches and the way they're rebuilding their program and adding money to the football program and (improving) the facilities… I think it's going to help them turn the corner.

"And Coach (Fred) Reed, their defensive back coach, he's a great coach. I have a great relationship with Coach Reed and Coach Clark (offensive graduate assistant Jon Clark), my recruiting coach. So, just overall it's a win-win situation."

Gregory plans to major in business management.

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