Cal High TE Tripping to Fresno

Fresno State recruiting update.

The last two recruiting weekends combined Fresno State coaches welcomed over 20 prospects on their official visit. But only a handful of recruits are expected to visit this weekend. However, one recruit coming in has been on the Bulldogs' radar since last spring, and he says Coach Pat Hill recently made an in-school visit. BarkBoard.com caught up with him and his high school coach Wednesday.

San Ramon (Calif.) California High School TE David Gory (6-4, 245) has played just one season of competitive high school football. An injury ended his senior year, and he played football just his junior year. Nonetheless, Gory turned heads in 2006 and in the subsequent spring camp circuit until tearing his ACL last summer.

"David is a big-time prospect," Grizzly Head Coach Tony Sanchez told BarkBoard.com. "If had not blown out his ACL, schools would coming out in droves." "He's a basketball player. He's only played 10 games his whole high school career. But he showed glimpses of what he can do. He's 6-4, 240, 245 and is very athletic."

"[I tore my ACL] at a team camp in Oregon," Gory said. "Sitting out the season has been the hardest in my life, mentally [to deal with.] Watching my teammates after working out all spring was tough."

"But Rehab is coming along. It's been almost six months. And after six months, you are practically cleared to play. I'm pretty much 100%."

Gory says he had a verbal offer from Washington before his injury, but it was pulled after tearing his ACL. "Coach [Tyrone] Willingham was supposed to call me this week to check on my rehab," Gory said.

One team that has stuck by him has been Fresno State.

"They've been recruiting me since the spring," Gory said of the Bulldog coaching staff. "Coach [Randy] Stewart has been recruiting me mostly. Coach [Pat] Hill came by my school the other day and we talked for about an hour and half."

Gory will take his first official visit to Fresno State this weekend, and has an official visit scheduled for Air Force January 25.

"I'm looking forward to my visit [to Fresno,]" Gory said. "It feels good to get one scheduled and set after the last six months."

"It was nice to have Fresno staying strong [after my injury,]" Gory said. "They haven't offered…Fresno State is pretty serious about me."

Regardless of his basketball background, Gory says he is unruffled playing tight end, which is the position the ‘Dogs are recruiting him for.

"I'm real comfortable," Gory said. "I go out with my quarterback and catch balls. Or I go out with my TE coach and work on blocking."

Gory says his options are still open, but he says the ‘Dogs are definitely up there. He says Washington, Air Force, and Oregon are school showing the most interest.

"Oregon said they were going to come down and check on my status," Gory said.

Gory says he runs a 4.81 forty, has a 335 max bench and 440 max squat. Academically, he has qualified. Nonetheless, his timeline on making a decision is still up in the air.

"I'm not sure if I ready to commit," Gory said. "I still need to talk about it with my parents, and see what happens [this weekend.]"

Stay with BarkBoard.com for a full recap of Gory's trip Sunday evening.


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