One of the more unheralded signal-callers in the state of Washington this year is Skyline (Sammamish) QB Blake Gregory. After a very solid junior season, he’s hoping to take his team to the promised land this fall and he recently updated Northwest Elite Index how he plans to make that happen.
“I’d say I’m a dual-threat guy because I’m pretty fast, but in our offense, you’re a pocket guy first and then if things break down, you can use your legs,” Gregory told NEI before a spring practice recently. “You have to have that pocket presence to find your guys, but when things break down or the defense doesn’t pay attention to you, you can pull it down and take off and I have the ability to make plays with my legs.
“This offseason, I’ve been working a lot on getting bigger. I’m 6’2.5 and I weigh a little over 170, so I need to get bigger and that’s been a big focus for me. I’d like to play this season around 180 or so, but we’ll just have to see.
“I also want to clean up my mechanics and be a better leader for these guys out here. We need to get Skyline back to where it belongs and a lot of that rests on me and what I do out there.”
Gregory knows of the Spartan tradition. He’s witnessed it up close and personal.
He was a ball boy for several years during his junior football career and then he was a freshman when current USC quarterback Max Browne was a senior.
“He’s a guy I have learned a lot from,” Gregory noted. “He showed me a lot about preparation and what to look for and how to be a leader. He and I are still good friends and when he comes back during the offseason, we work out together.”
In his first year as a starter this past fall, Gregory completed close to 64% of his passes for 2,055 yards with 21 touchdowns and just two interceptions.
“Honestly, if we didn’t have a running back like Rashaad Boddie, I think Blake could throw for 3,500 yards,” Skyline head coach Mat Taylor said. “He’s smart and he takes care of the ball. To have just two interceptions with what we ask our quarterbacks to do, that’s just phenomenal.”
Recruiting has been slowly picking up for Gregory over the past couple of months, but at this point in time, he’s still waiting on that all-important first offer.
“Mainly I have been hearing from Eastern Washington. They are talking to me a lot,” Gregory said. “Washington has also been talking to me a little and I’ve been hearing from Montana, UC-Davis, Portland State, Boise State and Oregon State a little as well.”
As far as camps are concerned, Gregory and his team will take part in several 7-on-7 events including Washington’s 7v7 passing camp on June 21st.
“I’m going to the Rising Stars camp on June 20th and then the 7-on-7 camp the next day. We won it last year, so we need to see if we can repeat,” Gregory said. “I’m also doing the Skills and Drills (camp at Skyline) and coach Taylor and I are putting together a list of schools to possible go to camp, but I haven’t scheduled anything official right now.”
The Spartans are loaded with talent and Gregory has been given the keys to the controls of their offensive attack. If he can remain efficient, take care of the ball and continue to improve as a leader, there is a very good chance he could wind up bringing yet another championship to the Skyline faithful.
NEI will continue to keep tabs on Gregory over the next few months and we will update news on him as it happens.