After a long drought in commitments, Nebraska picked up one of its biggest for the 2013 class on Nov. 1: Arizona Western College defensive end Randy Gregory. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Gregory visited NU with his dad for the Michigan game, decommitted from Purdue earlier that week, and made his commitment official to the Huskers that Thursday night.
“It was perfect,” Gregory had said. “It’s the best situation for me.”
Good enough that offers from Oklahoma, West Virginia and Missouri wouldn't change his mind.
“I don’t think anybody else can top Nebraska,” he said.
The Huskers offered Gregory just three weeks prior to his commitment, and it was a quick courtship. NU defensive line coach Rick Kaczenski, Gregory said, showed the prospect how he’d fit into Nebraska’s defense.
“They want to stand me up a little bit,” Gregory said. “They’re usually in 4-3, but they’ll go 3-4 a little bit and let me cover.”
Because Gregory broke the fibula in his left leg, he’ll have three years of eligibility remaining.
ESPN released a JUCO 100 list with the defensive end listed as the No. 3 junior college prospect in the nation. According to 247 Sports, Gregory has received offers from around the country. His list includes Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Oregon State, UCLA and Washington.
“He had a great freshman year (in 2011)," Arizona Western CC coach Tom Minnick said. "He was probably the top defensive player in the United States JC-wise. That’s my opinion. He’ll be in the NFL down the road.”
Gregory went to Hamilton Southeastern in Fishers, Ind., for high school. As a prep player he was rated as a three-star defensive end by 247 Sports. He had offers from Purdue, Ball State, Illinois, Indiana and Minnesota.
Our take: No doubt the Huskers’ best option to help immediately with pass rush, possibly in an Eric Martin-type mode. The concern, however, would be his sturdiness against Big Ten offensive linemen until he is able to put a little more weight and bulk on that 6-foot-6 frame. Getting him on campus in January would have helped with his development — both physically and with learning the system — but the bottom line is that Nebraska got itself a potential play-maker at a position where it has lacked those types recently.
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