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Plainfield East’s 2018 OG Artese Gregory has really seen his recruiting pick up as of late. We discussed his offseason work with EFT Football and Starts Up Front Academy, his packed upcoming camp schedule and schools showing serious interest in him.
Commitment status: Undecided
Wt: 275 lbs
LPI: What are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason? Are you playing any other sports?
AG: This off season has been and continues to be very busy for me. I am on the Wrestling team and after the season ended I began training four times weekly with EFT Academy. I participate in Lineman Training as well and one on one training with Martin Wallace of the New York Giants. I am currently working with Starts Up Front Academy and former NFL player Enoch Smith Sr. and Coach Stevenson on Lineman Training. This training emphasizes enhancing lineman offense and defense techniques. I also consistently work with Lamont White who is a speed and agility trainer while lifting at least four times a week to add 10 to 15 additional pounds of muscle while maintaining speed.
LPI: You currently don’t have any offers, but I believe you have what it takes to play at the next level. What skill set can you bring to the table for a college football program?
AG: My strength, aggressiveness and overall athleticism continue to improve on a daily basis. I have become much more confident in my abilities and want to continue to get stronger, continue to improve footwork and continue to learn. I bring a strong work ethic, lineman techniques, eagerness to succeed with a positive attitude which is traits that would benefit any football program. I’m very coachable and I love this game. Improving and growing as a player should never stop at any level. Teamwork is my focus and I enjoy and I am able to play both sides of the ball so I can be flexible to play where I’m needed
LPI: Which schools have shown serious interest in you?
AG: Ball State, WMU, CMU, Indiana State, Tennessee State, University of Nevada Las Vegas, USMA and several others are reaching out and showing interest.
LPI: Where have you visited most recently and do you have any planned visits or camps/showcases set?
AG: I’ve recently visited Ball State, WMU, NIU with several visits over the next few months. During the month of May, I will attend Rivals and Elite 300 Showcases. One very important camp coming up is the team camp. Plainfield East Coach Terrance Terry already has the team excited about the upcoming camp, team goals, core values and even a new team look. Ill also be participating at camps and school visits in June which include the Northwestern camp, University of Las Vegas Nevada and the Elmhurst Football Camp. I also have school visits combined with some camps scheduled with RS Academy and Coach Reggie Wynns. The schools we will attend are Michigan State, University of Louisville, Tennessee State, Austin Peay, Vanderbilt, Furman University, Clemson, Duke, North Carolina State, East Carolina, Elon University, Maryland and Morgan State. I look forward to a very busy and productive summer.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership or go the extra mile for your teammates?
AG: I think it’s really important to treat people how you want to be treated. I like to be that motivator. When teammates are frustrated or upset I like to be the one who says its all ok, take what happened and learn and grow from it. I do that because I’ve definitely been frustrated and appreciate when people have said that to me in the past. We all can use encouragement.
LPI: Who are some of your teammates or training partners that you believe can play at the next level, but have gone overlooked by college coaches?
AG: I’m not totally aware of where these individuals are in the recruiting process however I want to mention three individuals.
DeMarkus Singletary – DeMarkus is very strong and quick. If you view his Hudl tape he gets out quick and has proven successful in being able to defend against the pass and stop the run. He will definitely be a key player for our defense in the upcoming season.
Elijah Hickman RB – Elijah ran over 500 yards last season. Some of his strengths are his speed, power and footwork. As demonstrated in his Hudl tape, once he starts moving it takes multiple individuals to bring him down. He takes a hard hit and gives it back.
Daniel O’Conner – Dan is also an EFT athlete who trains at the facility during the off season. He is a hard worker. His strengths are his catching, route running, size and big play ability. One of his biggest strengths is his teamwork. He always played wide receiver but played tight end last year because that’s what was best for the team. This also showed his overall athleticism.