Tony Gregory Reflects on VT Commitment

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First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) running back Tony Gregory had wanted to make official visits before making a commitment anywhere. That was his thinking when his recruitment first started picking up steam. But as his first visit to Virginia Tech came closer, he acknowledged there was a chance he could commit sooner. He did so, choosing the Hokies the Thursday following Tech’s June 9th senior camp.

“I took my mom up there,” Gregory recalled. “She talked to Coach Beamer. She liked what they had to offer me. Coach Beamer answered all my mom’s questions. She loved it. I loved it. We went home, talked to my dad about it, and then I committed.”

He detailed the moments when he informed the Tech staff of his decision.

“I told my coach, so he already knew,” Gregory recalled of making the commitment. “He got Coach Newsome on the phone. I told him I wanted to commit. He was overjoyed. He said it was great and he couldn’t wait to get me up there. He said I made his day. A few days later, I talked to Coach Beamer. He said he was overjoyed.”

Though making an early decision was not necessarily something Gregory had planned on, but he is happy to have the recruiting process complete.

“It takes a weight off my back,” Gregory said. “Now, all I have to do is concentrate on academics and concentrate on getting ready for football season. Right now, I’m working out and going to summer school. Summer school is going well. Physically, I’ve gained a few pounds. I’m now up to about 187 pounds.”

Besides focusing on the classroom and the weight room, the 5-11 athlete is also participating in AAU track. He runs the 100 meters and has seen his times improve consistently throughout the late spring/summer. He has recently been timed in the 100 at 10.9 flat, almost a full tenth of a second improvement since regular season track.

Gregory sees a bigger benefit in running AAU track than just increasing his already impressive speed.

“I think it will help