Last summer we introduced you to 2018 Byrnes wide receiver Demarcus Gregory and a nagging hip injury kept the freshman out of action most of the season. Healing fully and properly and learning the intricacies and nuances of the Rebels' offense became Gregory's work to continue his improvement. The freshman prospect has made strides in other areas as well and he caught us up to speed on the very latest regarding it all and his recruitment.
Although he didn't get a lot of time on the field with the Rebels due to the hip injury there's no denying he's got eyes on him moving forward. College coaches are already starting to reach out to the freshman. When we initally introduced Gregory he was 6'2 175 pounds...fast forward to now and Gregory is 6'3 and 194 pounds.
A couple of those schools have been by Byrnes High School this past season to talk with Gregory and check out his frame.
"Tennessee, South Carolina, and UCF have been by to talk with me."
Gregory has already taken one visit to North Carolina and he shared what he enjoyed about his visit to Chapel Hill to see what the Tar Heels have to offer.
"What I like about UNC was their athletic facilities and their coaches were pretty cool and outgoing. What impressed me the most was their academic program."
The 2018 prospect plans on making it to some camps this off season to show coaches his skill set. As of right now he's planning to camp with North Carolina and Tennessee. He says he'll also consider any other camps that college coaches invite him to as well.
We asked Gregory about his injury and where things stands right now concerning his health.
"Yeah I'm fully recovered now. I've been working on my lower body the most to get back my strength in my legs."
His body continues to transform adding nearly 20 pounds of muscle and when talking with him he could easily carry another 15 pounds before he graduates high school especially if he continues to grow vertically as well.
Besides building his strength, weight, and speed this off season he's looking to strengthen other specific areas of his game.
"I'm trying to get better at going up and getting the ball and also working on improving my route running."
Byrnes head coach Brian Lane had a strong corps of receivers this past season but will lose some key members (Braylin Collins and Tavin Richardson) to graduation. The Rebels head coach knows what kind of potential Gregory brings and he plans on bringing the 2018 prospect more than likely into the starting lineup next season.
Having sat down with Gregory for numerous conversations the youngster is wise beyond his years and he carries that brightness over the classroom as well as he carries a 4.0 GPA which is another thing that will intrigue college coaches about the next potential star from Byrnes.
We'll continue to track Gregory's recruitment as he continues to work towards being one of the state's early top prospects in 2018.
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