Written by Ryan Wright
Line him up anywhere at a skill position and watch Aaron Gregory go to town. During his freshman campaign with Augusta Christian High School (Martinez), Gregory worked over Georgia teams on both sides of the ball proving he is one of the best talents in the nation in the 2026 recruiting cycle. Teams have dropped 25 offers already with the list including college football’s elite.
With Augusta Christian, Gregory (6-3, 175) wore out offenses with 52 stops, 36 solo, collecting two interceptions with four passes batted away. On offense, Gregory secured 32 passes covering 271 yards with three scores. That production is helping shape his offseason workouts.
“I feel like they are more intense now because of what I went through my freshman year,” Gregory said. “The workouts now are more intense; I am learning a lot more.”
A big change occurred this offseason transferring to Douglas County High School. With the Tigers, Gregory will be doing more of the same against 6A squads playing receiver and safety.
“On offense, we run a Spread with four-wide,” Gregory stated. “We throw a lot. On defense, we run a 4-3 with two nickels. We run cover 2 and 3. If we bracket a guy, we take him out of the play.”
Gregory shared his focused areas of improvements before the 2023 schedule begins.
“I have been working on getting faster and running better routes,” Gregory shared. “On defense, I have been working on getting out of my breaks faster and my change of direction. That is good now, but I know later on I will have to get out of my breaks faster no matter which side I play.”
Asked if there was a preference for scoring the rock or stopping it, Gregory replied, “Right now, I am not sure. I like both sides. I play more receiver, but I am not sure which side like more.”
After getting extra reps on the field with Cam Newton’s 7-on-7 team, two bluebloods might be close to offering.
“Michigan is showing a little bit of interest, and I have a coach that played for Texas; I think they will be on me in a little bit,” Gregory said. “Those two right now are showing interest.”
Of the 25 offering programs, all are doing what they can to let Gregory know he is wanted.
“It is a mixture of all of them,” Gregory stated. “Everyone is trying to build that relationship because I am young. All the teams that offered, they are talking to me and trying to get me out to a camp.”
Four programs have welcomed Gregory to campus in 2023.
“I went to Bama, that was a big one, South Carolina, and Florida,” Gregory shared. “I went to Georgia Tech in the winter.”
Gregory broke down his three spring visits.
Alabama: “It was good. I got to meet Nick Saban, that went well. The connection with coach (Holmon) Wiggins, their receivers coach, that is really good.”
South Carolina: “It was good. I talked to their DB coach, coach (Torrian) Gray, and coach Justin (Stepp), their receivers coach. They said they are trying to get me at both positions, but their DB coach said, “no, we are going to keep him over at DB; that was really good.”
Florida: “It was good. We went to their spring game. I talked to coach their receivers coach, coach (Billy) Gonzales; he seemed very interested in me. I had a good time there.”
Two more visits are lining up for the summer months.
“I am supposed to go to Michigan, and I am supposed to go to Georgia again,” Gregory stated.
Curiosity in one of college football’s greatest rivalries has Gregory ready to learn more about the Wolverines.
“I’m an Ohio State fan, but I know they produce receivers,” Gregory shared. “Michigan is their rival; I really want to see who has that connection. I really do like Ohio State.”
A strong connection with the back-to-back national champs is developing in Athens.
“Coach (Mike) Bobo (OC) and their receivers coach, coach (Bryan) McClendon, I like them,” Gregory said. “The connection between us is really good. Overall, I feel that Georgia has that connection in general. They keep in contact with me.”
Although early in his recruiting journey, Gregory already has keys he looks for when learning more about a given program.
“I feel like the connection and when coaches talk about their quarterbacks, that is a good thing,” Gregory stated. “A receiver always needs to have a connection with their quarterback. The brotherhood is another. The way a team comes together and builds, even after a bad game.”
On June 14, Gregory will be at Alabama’s camp and on June 15 he will be at Georgia’s competing with his team in a 7-on-7 tournament.
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