FORT MILL — Former Fort Mill High punter Worth Gregory is on the move again, and this time Alabama’s loss is East Carolina’s gain.
Gregory, a walk-on, red-shirt freshman punter for the Crimson Tide last season, has transferred to East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.
Gregory had a preferred walk-on spot at Alabama last season, guaranteeing him a place on the team, but leaving him without a scholarship.
That being said, one year in Tuscaloosa was hard on the wallet.
“At Alabama I wasn’t on scholarship, so I was paying $50,000 a year and knew that there was no chance at a scholarship coming for a couple of years to come,” he said.
The financial strain was the main reason Gregory left the school he said.
“It was a family decision to look around,” he said.
Gregory looked at three main schools – University of Maryland, University of North Carolina and East Carolina. He said he knew Greenville was the place for him once he made the visit to the school.
“I feel like I meshed well with the special team coaches,” he said. “It isn’t as much of a team atmosphere as it is a family atmosphere there.”
Gregory said his time at Alabama wasn’t bad. Despite not playing, he said he does have memories – and hardware – to last a lifetime.
“I got an SEC and a national championship ring to prove it,” he said. “Those are things I will never forget. I think being at Alabama will help me excel at ECU.”
Gregory enrolls in August and due to NCAA rules will have to sit out the fall semester from a football standpoint. Academically, he will be a sophomore and left Alabama with a 3.4 grade-point average.
East Carolina currently has just one punter on roster and he is a senior. After he graduates, that job should fall to Gregory, he said.
Unlike at Alabama, Gregory won’t be the only Fort Mill guy on the Pirates’ roster. He will have company in Greenville with former Nation Ford lineman J.T. Boyd.