Aaron Gregory

Peach State Star Aaron Gregory a Priority for Ohio State and Brian Hartline

Douglasville, Ga. — Ohio State finds itself in the mix for some of the nation’s elite wide receiver talent once again in the 2026 recruiting class. Douglasville (Ga.) Douglas County star Aaron Gregory is one player who has emerged early as a priority target for the Buckeyes and Brian Hartline.

We caught up with Gregory this week on our Southern Swing tour to talk about the relationships he is building so far with Hartline and the Ohio State program.

“It’s great,” Gregory said. “I know he can’t really hit me up a lot because I’m still young but the relationship we’re trying to build is going good. Just getting out (to Ohio State) when I can, he’s still really loving toward me, and wants me up there so that’s good.”

Gregory was last in Columbus for the Buckeyes’ win over Penn State, a visit that left a pretty strong impression on the star junior receiver.

“The Buckeyes’ stadium goes crazy,” he said. “Marvin (Harrison Jr.) and (Kalen King) were going back and forth. I really loved that matchup. It was a great visit.”

Like many young receivers, Gregory is looking at programs that produce players at his position and send them to the NFL and that is a big thing that the Buckeyes have going for them in this recruitment.

“They always produce receivers in the draft,” Gregory said. “You don’t see an O-State receiver go undrafted. The way that coach Hartline coaches the receivers, it’s always on point. It’s also like a brotherhood, that’s what you get at O-State.”

Gregory’s list of suitors is national and so is his interest in schools. While the SEC programs are recruiting him hard and could make it a tough decision, he’s also keeping an open mind when it comes to geography.

“I feel like the way it’s going to go for me, is just the bond that I build with the coaches,” he explained. “I’m not afraid to go away from home, because I can always come back. If a coach all the way in California and Texas show me the love I need, why not go?”

Hear more from Gregory on which other schools are standing out to him early in the process, his thoughts on the influx of talent of players going from the Southeast to Columbus, and more.

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