January 1, 2009

Greene visiting ASU

San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Cathedral defensive end Kevin Greene is one of the most athletic defensive ends in the region. He reports offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Kansas, Oregon, UCLA, UNLV, USC and Washington State.

Greene is the 27th ranked weak-side defensive end recruit nationally and the 53rd prospect in California at any position according to Rivals.com. He also is a standout power forward for Sacred Heart's basketball team. He is being recruited as a linebacker and defensive end.

A few weeks ago Greene informed ASUDevils.com that he had decided not to officially visit Arizona State. However his plans have changed.

"I am going to visit ASU," Greene said. "I have not set the date but I plan on talking to Coach Christian soon here to set that up. My basketball season is getting ready to start and we play games on Saturday. My coach is probably going to let me miss two games so I need to figure it out. I am going to visit USC and ASU and that should be it.

"It had always been pretty much a toss up for me between Arizona and Arizona State. I had pretty much decided on visiting Arizona. When I told Coach Christian about it he told me to think about it some more. Since then Arizona has seemingly stopped recruiting me whereas ASU stayed on me. Coach Christian gave me a call recently and said how they would love to have me down so I am going to come down to Tempe."

Greene had been a full-time basketball player until his junior season. In his first season on the gridiron Greene totaled 70 tackles, 22 sacks and 8 tackles for loss on his way to earning all-area honors. This year Greene racked up 22 sacks, 45 tackles, five forced fumbles and blocked a field goal as he helped lead the Fighting Irish to their first section title.

The 6-foot-4 245-pounder reported a hand-timed 40-yard dash of 4.4 seconds and a bench max of 295 pounds. Greene made a name for himself this summer at the Palo Alto Nike camp. He said that this season he really improved his technique.

Green has already taken official visits to Colorado and Washington State. He enjoyed his trip to Colorado but ssid he doesn't believe that playing in the Big-12 is the right fit for him.

"I am down to USC, Washington State and ASU," Greene said. "All of those schools are pretty much the same to me right now. I want to take all of my visits and then commit. I will commit to the school that is the best fit for me.

"USC is a great opportunity. They have a great program down there. Right now they pretty much don't have any defensive end commits. They also have a few linemen leaving after this season. USC has been the best in the west for a while now.

"Washington State is a small town setting. They have a real family atmosphere up there. The fans are incredible. I was up there for their game against Arizona and the fans were amazing. Even though they didn't have a successful season the fans and team are in it until the final whistle. I have never seen anything like that, usually when the team is winning the fans come out but when they are losing they don't.

"I have never been to Arizona but I have family that is no more than ten minutes from campus. I have been told that ASU has a young squad and they are rebuilding and hope to be back on top next year. It is not to far from home and despite the heat I think I would fit in well there."

Greene reports a 2.7 GPA and a score of 1470 on the SAT. He plans on majoring in business in college and will be looking at the academic support as well as other elements of each school on his visits.

"When I visit ASU and USC I want the programs to be able to answer any questions that my parents and I have for them," Greene said. "I don't need to see anything to big. I want to see how the academics and football go together. Meet my position coach. Mainly I just want to have a good time on my visits."

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