This is a prospect we have followed for years. He has an incredible work ethic and limitless star power all packed tightly within a 5’8,” 178-pound frame. He is explosive, quick, and fast, with power and strength to burn especially for his size and he will make an outstanding player, next level, for some program at any of a variety of levels. His is a question of fit. He finds the right fit, his upward trajectory is limitless.Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout and Editorial Board, KPGFootball
Ethan Gregory was as decorated of a RB/Corner coming out of middle school as you would ever likely see. Gregory was a 2-time Kentucky All-Star and started at Corner in the 2019 8th Grade National Championship Tournament. Gregory was also a 2-time FBU TOPGUN at RB and was invited to attend the Under Armour All-American and the ESPN 300 Elite Underclassmen Camps.
All of that was “then.” As a member of the varsity squad the previous two years, toiling behind two 1,000-yard plus ground-gainers both headed to the FBS, Division I, to play collegiately (Seth Huff, EKU; Seth Mills, Indiana State University), Gregory has still been performing at a very high level.
For his first two season of varsity, Gregory has averaged 6.90 yards per carry over 55-totes, scoring TDs both rushing and receiving. On the JV roster, he has been lethal.
Gregory has had his moments. In a varsity game against Somerset over his freshman season he led the team in rushing on only six (6) carries, averaging 9.9-yards per touch. Last season, Gregory led the team with the two D-1s in the backfield against Knox Central on only 9-opportunities, averaging 8.8-yards per carry.
What he needs is more opportunities. Gregory has shown what he can do when given the opportunity.
Gregory is a 3-sport athlete at Corbin High. He played Football and Basketball, together with Track, and has taken up a 4th-sport (Tennis) at which he has flashed brilliantly we have been told. Gregory has a 3.7 GPA, all in Honors classes.
Looking at his “measurables,” Coach Long, in his analysis up above, disclosed Gregory as a 5’8,” 178-pound athlete. We call that “Wandale Robinson” sized.
We also believe Gregory is perfectly suited for football at one of the nation’s prestigious service academies. So far both Army and Navy agree. The Knights and Midshipmen have both invited Gregory to camp. So have with numerous other D-1’s.
Gregory doesn’t have Wandale Robinson speed and quicks, at least not yet; but he is working on it. Gregory, at numerous camps, has been consistently timed around 4.6-seconds at 40-yards. Now if Gregory can get his FAT (Fully Automated Time, “laser”) in the 4.5-seconds or less range, the Wandale Robinson comparisons will start taking on entirely different dimensions.
Like Wandale, Gregory is a beast in the weight room. We have seen Gregory power clean 245-pounds, back-squat around 400, and stroke the college bench press “rep weight (225-pounds)” nine (9)-times. Applying the old one-rep calculator (which we have always found amazingly accurate) to 9-reps at 225, you will see a one-rep, estimated maximum lift of nearly 300-pounds.
Now Corbin is coming into the season ranked in our preseason top-five (5) in the 4A classification. That is a mouthful for a team which graduated three D-1 talents (Treyveon Longmire being the third) from off last year’s play roster.
Gregory is just one reason why we still regard Corbin so highly. We believe in the diminutive RB we call the human stick of dynamite around the magazine’s office suites.
It is time for Gregory to lead his charges into battle. It is time for Gregory to be the varsity RB Gregory was in middle school. It is time for the hoopla to both land and stick.
Basically, the clock is striking midnight in Corbin, Kentucky. We believe Gregory will answer the call.
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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