Tony Gregory, a 2008 signee out of First Colonial High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, hopes to enroll at Virginia Tech later this summer, but there is a chance he may have to take an alternate route before he gets to Blacksburg. The 6-0, 190-pound running back updated his qualification status, including what his plans may be if he cannot make it to Tech this summer.
“There could be some question about me going there because my SAT score is just short, I think, so I had to take it again this month,” said Gregory, who has been in close contact with primary recruiter Curt Newsome to find out what he has to do to qualify. “I’m not far from the score I need…just a couple of points. I took the test already. I felt I did good.”
Gregory added, “If I don’t make it, I’ll probably go to Fork Union for a couple of months and then go to Virginia Tech in January.”
Whenever Gregory arrives in Blacksburg, he’ll be sure to bring speed to the running back position. In addition to posting a hand-timed 4.38 40 at a Virginia Beach combine the spring of his junior year, Gregory won the region and finished second in the state in the indoor 55 meters. He went on to finish seventh in the indoor 60 meters at Nationals.
Gregory rushed for 979 yards his junior season, averaging seven yards per carry. He averaged an eye-popping 31 yards per kick return as well, so he certainly has ability to impact the game on offense and special teams. He had a disappointing senior season, rushing for only 641 yards and eight scores in what was a down year for First Colonial, but feels confident following a solid off-season.
“I’ve been crashing the weight room,” Gregory said. “I have the workout Virginia Tech sent me, so I’m getting used to doing things the way they do them there. My uncle is a body-builder, so he breaks down the stuff I need to eat and things like that.”
Though he could potentially play several positions, Gregory is being pegged as a running back by the Tech coaches.
“I sat down with Coach Hite and he was telling me a lot of things they do at the running back spot,” Gregory said. “He said the main thing to adjust to is the blocking scheme, so I’ll need to pick that up quickly when I get there.”
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