Gresham Adds Four Offers

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William Fleming linebacker Darryl Gresham is enjoying a productive May evaluation period. With four schools officially offering this month, he has doubled the amount of scholarship offers he received before May.

“I have new offers from Florida, UNC, Clemson, and Tennessee,” Gresham said. He is also drawing significant interest from NC State and Florida State, among others. “I had offers from UVa, Virginia Tech, and Maryland before.”

Hard work and dedication have helped Gresham reach this point. Last year around this time, he weighed only 180 pounds. He was still relatively new to the area, having moved to Roanoke, Virginia, from Atlanta, Georgia, before the start of his sophomore season in 2002, and he had never participated in a serious weight-training program.

In his first full year in such a program, Gresham has made awesome strides. Physically, he has improved tremendously. He now weighs 226 pounds (he stands 6-3) and can bench press 250 pounds.

“My biggest improvement since last year has been in my bench,” Gresham said. “I never really worked out before [I came to William Fleming]. Now I can bench press 250 pounds a couple of times. I haven’t maxed out yet, but I’m sure I can do more. I’ve also gained a lot of weight since last year. I was 180 pounds but I am now up to 226. I’m still improving everywhere though and I can always do better.”

As a sophomore on the William Fleming varsity football squad, Gresham only played the tight end position, although he was a starter. Last season was the first time Gresham played linebacker in his career. He had an excellent year, totaling over 150 tackles including 21 in the state championship game. Gresham earned AP second-team all-state honors for his junior year performance.

Linebacker is now the position every school is recruiting him to play.

“When I got here, I played tight end,” Gresham said. “I started at tight end. As a junior, I played linebacker and tight end. I think in my first year at linebacker, I did well reading the plays. I did well tackling, but that is something I still want to work on for next year.”

Following a successful junior season, Gresham raised his stock even further with a solid performance during the Nike Camp in Charlottesville. Gresham was extremely vocal and enthusiastic at the event, showing the determination he used to improve over the past year.

“It was a nice experience,” Gresham said of the Nike Camp in Charlottesville.