October 8, 2008

ASU in mix for Greene

San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral defensive end Kevin Greene is only in his second season of organized football but the talented athlete has already attracted attention from schools all over the region.

Greene had previously reported offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Oregon, UCLA, UNLV and Washington State with Arizona, Texas and USC also showing serious interest.

According to Greene, one of those schools just extended him an offer.

"Recruiting is going real well," Greene said. "I just picked up a new offer from Arizona. I really don't have any favorites. I am still pretty open. I plan on making my commitment in December after the football season is over.

"I only have one official visit set up. I am going to visit Washington State for the weekend of November 8th. I am still thinking about what other schools I might visit. I want to major in marketing. I want to check out the facilities and the different programs they offer. I want to see what kind of support they have for the athletes.

"I want see how the coaches are. Where are the players at in the off-season and during the season? I want to see if the coaches are telling me the same things that they are telling all of the other recruits."

Greene is the 24th ranked weak-side defensive end nationally and the 53rd prospect in California at any position according to Rivals.com. He also is a standout power forward for Sacred Heart. He is being recruited as a linebacker and defensive end.

"Arizona State is in my top five," Greene said. "Right now though, I am still trying to decide if I am going to visit Arizona or Arizona State. I am pretty sure that they both are excellent schools. I just only have five trips and I don't want to make two to the same state.

"Jamie Christian is recruiting me for Arizona State," Greene said. "He is their running backs coach. He has been calling me every week. We have been getting along well. They want me as a defensive end. I know that ASU was co-champions with USC last year. I heard that it's a real nice community down there."

The 6-foot-4 245-pounder reported a hand-timed 40-yard dash of 4.4 seconds and a bench max of 295 pounds. Green made a name for himself this summer at the NorCal Nike camp. He was one of the most impressive linemen at the camp. Lead NIKE DL coach Marty Spalding previously gave Rivals.com his assessment of Greene.

"He's still really raw but he's already very good," Spalding said. "He's so quick off the ball but he still doesn't know how to use that speed. He got beat during the one-on-ones his first few reps because he didn't know what he was doing.

"He takes to coaching very well though. Once we told him to use his speed and hands together, he was unstoppable. He's a great kid with a great body and he has a chance to be a very good player in college."

Greene had been a full-time basketball player until his junior season. In his first season Greene totaled 70 tackles, 22 sacks and 8 tackles for loss on his way to earning all-area honors.

"I am doing great right now," Greene said. "We won our game last week. It was our first game back in league play."

Sacred Heart is now 2-2 after winning its first league game 24-3 over Mountain View (Calif.) St. Francis.

Greene has had a productive year so far. He said he has over 20 tackles, 11 sacks and a blocked field goal so far this season.

"We are looking pretty good the rest of the way," Greene said. "We have a tough one coming up this week. We play Serra High School down in San Mateo. Its not a rivalry game but its an important game as are all of our league games."

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