McGregor is ready to carry the load for Gades

After a stellar freshman season that saw him total over 1,000 yards on the ground while helping to lead Bakersfield to the state title, RB Curtis McGregor (5-9.5, 215) has already attracted the attention of several four-year schools...

McGregor was a stellar running back at Eisenhower (Houston, Tx.) High School, but after graduation in 2009, he decided to quit the game of football to help the family with their finances.

"I basically took a year and a half off from football," McGregor told "I got a job and just started working so I could help out my grandma with money and stuff like that.

"After that time off though, I was really missing football and I wanted to start playing again, so I talked to my old high school coach and he had actually ran track for coach (Jeff) Chudy. I called out and they told me to come on out and that they had a spot for me and it's been a great decision for me to be (at Bakersfield)."

As a freshman this past season, while splitting carries with Jalen Sykes, McGregor totaled 1,012 yards and nine touchdowns while missing three games due to injuries.

"I had a foot problem that needed to heal so I missed a game and then I got hit on my knee and had a patella (tendon) injury, so I missed a game because of that," McGregor said. "Both of those were just minor stuff, but I needed to heal, so I'm back now, 100%, and I feel great and ready for a big season this fall."

With his outstanding size and the ability to run outside or in-between the tackles, schools have been by to see what he can do and he's talked to a couple of schools about things.

"The schools I've talked to face-to-face are Arizona State and Kansas," McGregor said. "Utah and Utah State have also talked to me a little bit and I'm getting a lot of letters from other schools.

"I've been working a lot on my explosiveness and making sure I can stop and start really quickly. I'm elusive and I run the ball hard. That's what a lot of coaches like about me. I don't go down easy and I have good footwork too."

As far as when he will be done with his two-year degree, McGregor plans to take summer school courses and hopes to be done by December. He will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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