Gregory commits to Nebraska

Randy Gregory (Big Red Report)

Arizona Western junior college defensive end Randy Gregory has pledged his services to Nebraska.

Just four days after leaving the University of Nebraska on an official visit, Arizona Western junior college defensive end Randy Gregory has decommitted from Purdue and committed to Nebraska.

"Honestly, you are the first person to know," said Gregory to Big Red Report. "I just got off the phone with Coach JP (John Papuchis) and told him I wanted to come to Nebraska.

"He was really excited. He was glad to hear and it made his day. He's got a lot stuff planned for me and just is excited for me to get to campus."

As a freshman in 2011, Gregory posted an 82 tackle season, with nine sacks and 20.5 tackles for loss. His eye popping numbers put him immediately on the map, but 2012 wasn't as kind. The sophomore broke his fibular in his left leg during the second week of the season. The only good news about the unfortunate injury was Gregory was allowed to redshirt, meaning Nebraska will have him for three seasons.

"It was just a great visit (to Nebraska). My dad and I really just enjoyed our time there," said the junior college product. "Everything was great from the game to the coaches to the academics. It couldn't have been better."

Before picking the Huskers, the Indiana native had offers from Purdue, Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisville, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oregon State and Utah, and Washington. It has also been rumored the junior college product was receiving new interest from a few other big-time programs over the last two days.

"I was hearing rumors that Ohio State and Alabama were interested in me," said Gregory. "At this point I really don't care. I have found the place for me.

"Mississippi State called me last night, but I told them that I knew where I wanted to go."

The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder originally committed to Purdue out of high school, before ending up at Arizona Western.

"My message to Husker fans would be that I'm really excited for the future, to be a Husker. I love the fan base and hopefully we can bring a national championship back to Lincoln."

*** Big Red Report's Bryan Munson contributed to this report ***

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