Certainly, former First Colonial (Virginia Beach, VA) star running back Tony Gregory would rather be in Blacksburg right now, suiting up for the orange and maroon and preparing for his freshman year. Gregory’s Virginia Tech career will have to take a detour first, though, and the 6-0, 192-pound prospect is headed to Fork Union on the 14th of this month.
Gregory is looking to get the most out of his Fork Union experience, but he is also hoping that the experience lasts a relatively short amount of time.
“I’m planning to enroll at Virginia Tech in January,” said Gregory, who adds that he is “only a couple of points away” from qualifying on the SAT. “I’m going to take advantage of everything [at Fork Union]. I’ll do what I need to do and work on what I need to work on.
“I know it’ll be different. It’ll be a change and there will be discipline, so I’m just going to take it as it comes my way.”
Fork Union postgraduate football head coach John Shuman has a tremendous reputation of developing kids on and off the field, so Gregory’s time at the military school should be beneficial.
“I’m just looking forward to getting back to the school,” Gregory said. “I’ll be playing against other top players from around the country. I talked to Coach Shuman and people have told me that he is a good coach and a good teacher.”
Gregory has kept in close contact with Virginia Tech primary recruiter Curt Newsome, who has done a good job of keeping the former Beach standout’s spirits high.
“I’m really motivated to get to Tech,” Gregory said. “Coach Newsome told me everything I needed to do. Him staying on me makes me feel a lot better. It lets me know that they still want me there.”
Recruited as a running back, Gregory will now have another season to develop before he competes for playing time in Virginia Tech’s offensive backfield. After missing several games of his senior season, Gregory is eyeing a complete and healthy season at Fork Union.
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