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Randy Gregory in action

Arizona Western Community College defensive end Randy Gregory (19) could make an impact right away on the defensive line.

When the subject comes to the Husker 2013 recruiting class, Randy Gregory's name is often among the first to come up. He's been considered one of the headliners of the class by many, believed to be a critical piece for a D-line that definitely needs pieces.

A four-star defensive end prospect from the JUCO ranks, Gregory is the kind of player Husker fans are hoping can make a difference in a hurry.

But before that possibility, he has to clear a couple final hurdles to get here.

Gregory has been pushing to make sure he has all his academic needs met to be on campus by June, finishing up a couple online classes.

"After those two classes I should be good to go," Gregory told Bryan Munson of BigRedReport.com on Monday night. "I might get held up a little bit because of my transcripts and the admissions department having to OK the classes. It's a long process according to the admittance people."

Gregory has been at his parents' home in Michigan since December, when he left Arizona Western Community College to take his final classes closer to his family.

Everything seems to be pointing in the right direction, he said, but noted that it is possible he could miss the summer session because of that small window to get admitted after his last class finishes.

That last class ends June 3. Just a week later comes the deadline date for when Gregory would need to be enrolled at UNL, making him eligible to participate in summer workouts.

"There is a chance that I won't be there for the summer classes and conditioning," Gregory told the recruiting website. "If I miss making it to Lincoln by June 10th then I won't be reporting to Lincoln until August."

As for his health? (Remember, Gregory has been rehabbing from a nasty, nasty injury -- a  broken fibula.) He told Munson the leg feels back to full strength and that he's up to 255 pounds.

Good news there. Husker fans should be hoping Gregory hears some good news in early June too. Gregory has shown great patience to get to this point. Read the linked story above to see that. No doubt he could outlast another two months of waiting.

But the more time he has to get settled into the program this summer, the better you'd figure his chances to try to make that quick impact come the fall.

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