Highly touted Fresno State recruit A.J. Greeley will delay his entrance to the university until January as he works to improve test scores, football coach Tim DeRuyter said Tuesday at a news conference ahead of the opening of the Bulldogs’ fall camp.
The three-star cornerback out of Central Section Division I champion Edison High was considered perhaps the top catch in the 2015 recruiting class, along with quarterback Chason Virgil of West Mesquite High in Texas.
“Hopefully he can get his score up,” DeRuyter said of Greeley.
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Greeley was named to The Bee’s Fab 50 list of the top football players in the Central Section after leading Edison to a 12-2 record as a senior with the Tigers earning their first section title in 39 years and reaching a CIF South Regional Division I bowl game.
Virgil is among the contenders for the starting quarterback job, a wide open competition that resumes Thursday when the Bulldogs conduct their first fall practice. Players report Wednesday.
Redshirt sophomore Zack Greenlee, redshirt freshman Kilton Anderson and the true freshman Vigil are to compete with summer transfer Ford Childress, who played previously at West Virginia.
Of Ford, the lone contender that DeRuyter has yet to see in action, the coach offered this:
“He’s a big, good-looking kid with a live arm,” DeRuyter said. “There’s a reason he was a 4-star kid.”
Childress, however, has yet to satisfy NCAA Clearinghouse requirements.
As to when a decision on a starter at quarterback will be made?
“As soon as one establishes that he’s earned it,” DeRuyter said.
The Bulldogs open Sept. 3 when they host Abilene Christian on a Thursday night at Bulldog Stadium.
Fresno State is coming off a Mountain West Conference West Division championship, but the season ended in disappointment — with a 6-8 campaign capped by a 28-14 loss at Boise State in the conference title game and a 30-6 defeat at the hands of Rice in the Hawaii Bowl.
DeRuyter says players and coaches were “embarrassed” by the bowl blowout and it “fueled our motivation for the offseason.”
“I really liked the work our players put in this last offseason,” he said. “We can’t wait to kick off on Thursday.”
▪ Aledo High (Texas) safety Patrick Peek committed to Fresno State on Monday
Last season, Peek finished with 119 tackles and two interception, and earned second-team all state honors. He is the second player commit to the Bulldogs. Last month, Dawson High-Pearland (Texas) senior fullback Saevion Johnson committed to Fresno State.
▪ Former Pomona High wide receiver Kheenyon Woods, who signed earlier this year, will instead play at a junior college, DeRuyter said.