By Colin Dunlap ][ 12:42 a.m. Thursday
The young man pictured to the left is Geoff Greco. You might remember him from the last few years, when he was one of the players who helped propel the North Allegheny football program back to among the most competitive in WPIAL Class AAAA.
Some people have asked what became of the versatile Greco, who graduated after a senior season last year in which he played some quarterback, some receiver, returned kicks, punted and made the Post-Gazette's Fabulous 22 squad.
Here's your update --- Greco has walked on at Georgia Tech, where he is listed as a freshman wide receiver.
This is just a hunch, but someday I can see Greco contributing for the Ramblin' Wreck unlike so many walk-ons who head to big-conference college programs, only to get buried on the practice squad and never get a real chance at showing the coaching staff what they can do.
The reason is very simple --- Greco's versatility.
Greco is the kind of guy who will keep plugging away (at a few positions) and eventually get a shot somewhere, particularly because first-year Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson has a history of rewarding kids who work hard and cultivating talent that, perhaps, other coaches overlooked. Johnson did this both at Navy and at Georgia Southern.
Anyhow, good luck to Geoff Greco.
In covering him in high school, I am quite convinced that someday he'll grow into a role where he'll help Georgia Tech in some way.