We've been high on 2018 Byrnes wide receiver Demarcus Gregory since his freshman season and now finishing up his sophomore year heading towards his junior season next year we caught up with the talented playmaker to talk the very latest. With his first offer coming in recently and a number of visits on his schedule he sat down with us to discuss things in detail.
As we stated earlier Gregory picked up his first offer recently from NC State. So how did it feel for Gregory to land that elusive first scholarship offer?
"It felt good. It honestly made me want to work even harder to earn more offers."
"Coach Kitchings is my primary recruiter. I really haven't gotten to know them real well but I've visited their facility before and I really liked it a lot."
Along with the Wolfpack there are other schools in the mix as Gregory has already taken an in-state visit recently and has plans to make other visits to multiple programs in the region.
"I've already visited with South Carolina and I have visits coming up with Clemson, Tennessee, and North Carolina. All of those schools have been recruiting me pretty heavily so far along with NC State."
We asked the 2018 prospect about his visit with the in-state Gamecocks first.
"It was good. I learned a lot from the receivers coaches and I feel like their building a good program. I got a good bit of one on one time with the receiver coach and learned a lot from that time so it was definitely a good experience in Columbia."
We also asked Gregory about the other trio of schools who he plans on visiting in the near future.
"With Clemson I really love the coaches and the facilities. This will be my first time visiting Tennessee but they have talked with my coach about me already. I've been to North Carolina a couple of times and I really enjoyed their game atmosphere."
Gregory says as of late he'd say that "NC State and North Carolina" are showing the most consistency in regards to their recruitment of him. He's hoping a strong showing this off season on the camp and combine circuit will parlay into more attention from the schools already involved but bring new ones into the mix as well. This past season he was a starter for the Rebels and made plays when the ball was thrown his direction but seniors like Shrine Bowlers Chavis Dawkins (South Carolina signee) and Jaylan Foster often were the primary targets most of the season. With their departure the rising junior will likely be the go to guy next season and we asked him about how things are progressing for him and what his ambitions are for next year.
"I'm going to just try to work hard and try to really become more of a leader for my team being an upperclassmen finally. I've been trying to get stronger and faster and I've really been working on my hands more. Right now I'm 6'2 200 pounds so I've put on a good 10 pounds since the end of the season."
"Next year I want to finish with 1,500 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on the field. Off the field I want to finish with at least a 3.5 GPA in the classroom."
The 2018 standout informed us that he'd love to hear more in the near future from schools like, "Florida State, Georgia, and UCLA."
We'll continue to track the recruitment of the talented Byrnes star as he'll become a focal point for coach Brian Lane's Rebels these next two seasons so stay tuned...
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