Posted by Bryan Fischer
The Chicago area is typically known as fertile recruiting ground for Big Ten programs and Notre Dame but that doesn't mean that a few SEC programs can come in and grab a commitment or two. Arkansas is the latest to do just that, grabbing a verbal pledge from Chicago (Ill.) quarterback Robert Gregory on Monday.
“When I came down to Arkansas to visit, I just hit it off with the coaches – especially the quarterback coach - they had great facilities, they play in the SEC and the atmosphere is fantastic,” Gregory told Scout. “I decided to just go ahead and commit today. I was kind of tired of the recruiting thing and knew where I wanted to go so there was no reason to wait.”
The 6-foot-3, 200-pound signal-caller is MaxPreps' 7th-ranked dual-threat quarterback. Gregory had offers from Iowa, Illinois and Minnesota among others but one of the big reasons why he decided to head south to play college football was the connection he made with the Razorbacks offensive coordinator Garrick McGee.
“He’s a Chicago guy,” Gregory said. “He wasn’t born here or grew up here, but he coached here and he knows everything about this city. I think he has great knowledge as a coach and is going to help me become the best quarterback I can be.”
Gregory is the 17th commitment for Bobby Petrino's team and plans to officially visit the school in early October. He threw for over 1,700 yards and rushed for close to 1,000 yards last season as a junior.
"He's a dangerous scrambler, can create in the open field, and he's a natural leader who showed improvement with every game during the 2010 season," recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said. "His footwork is excellent and he's an elusive athlete who can be deadly when throwing the ball on the run."