Class of ’08: First Colonial’s Gregory One to Watch

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In talking to several high school coaches from Virginia Beach regarding some of the top juniors in the area, one name that kept coming up was First Colonial running back Tony Gregory . In talking to First Colonial head coach Jae Clark, expect Gregory, who turned in a solid junior season, to get a whole lot more touches in 2007.

“He’ll probably have the chance to be the best back I’ve ever coached,” Clark said. “He’s tough to bring down. He’s got some speed. He can run away from you. If he breaks a tackle, look out.”

Gregory is currently about 5-11, about 180 to 185 pounds according to Clark. As a junior this past season, he rushed for 979 yards on 139 carries, averaging seven yards per carry while only fumbling twice throughout the entire year.

Very effective as a kick returner as well, Gregory averaged 31 yards per return and had two touchdowns.

“He’s a good player,” said Clark, who was in his first season as First Colonial head coach last season. His team finished 5-5. “He carries his weight well and he has room to get bigger and stronger.

“Tony doesn’t have any offers, but I feel pretty confident in saying that his stock will rise. I just finished his highlight video and I will be sending it out. By the time May comes around, I think he’ll get quite a bit of interest.”

Does Tony have any clear favorites?

“He’s wide open right now,” Clark said. “He’s a little under the radar right now. I think people know about him, but they don’t know what he can do yet. I didn’t know until about the third game last year. I think he’s going to have great opportunities.”

In terms of Gregory’s academics, Clark says “I think he is doing really well. He’ll take the SAT for the first time not too long from here.”

Gregory will be a key component for First Colonial next season.

“I think we’ll be real competitive next year,” Clark said. “We lost some tough games last year, but we were competitive in every game even with changing coaches. We have a good backfield coming back and that should