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4-Star Recruit Spurns SEC Powers With Surprise Commitment Decision

A general view of Memphis' football stadium.

Four-star defensive end Eric Gregory has offers from many of the top programs in the SEC. Auburn, LSU, and Tennessee are among the schools that have offered the IMG Academy standout. He's made a decision, and as of now, he's not going to play in the SEC... or the Power Five at all.

Gregory transferred to IMG from Memphis Central High School. Now, he's set to make a move back home. He has reportedly committed to the Memphis Tigers.

Gregory is back in his hometown visiting Mike Norvell's program for a big recruiting weekend. Today, he made the call, per 247Sports:

Four-star defensive end Eric Gregory has committed to the Memphis Tigers according to a source.

Gregory had other offers from Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina and Tennessee before picking the Tigers this weekend. He was on campus as part of a big weekend of visitors for the Tigers. Memphis

As 247Sports' Jonah Jordan points out, Memphis could be putting together a historic class, with Eric Gregory as a cornerstone.

Head coach Mike Norvell's class of 2019 now stands at No. 52 in the nation with three commitments. According to the 247Sports Composite Rankings, Gregory is ranked No. 235 in the nation and 17 at the weak-side defensive position. He is the fifth highest ranked recruit the Tigers have ever brought in right behind Obinna Eze who was ranked 206th in the nation.

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The commitments of Keveon Mullins and Gregory means this is the first class in the history of the 247Sports Composite Rankings that Memphis has two four-stars in the same class. Mullins is the seventh highest ranked commit in the history of the Memphis program.

Gregory also holds offers from Arkansas, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and South Carolina. Obviously, there is a lot of time left in this recruiting cycle, but as of now he is set to be the second blue-chip member of Memphis's class, which is currently ranked No. 52 in the country with just three commits.

He is the No. 235 overall player in the class of 2019. 247 ranks him No. 17 among weak-side defensive ends, and No. 37 in the state of Florida.

Last year, as a junior at Memphis Central, Gregory recorded 56 tackles, with 16 going for a loss, and 12 sacks. He is transferring down to IMG in Bradenton, Florida for his senior year.

[247Sports]