April 12, 2010

Starrs Mill receiver gaining momentum

Starrs Mill receiver Jeff Greene continues to gain momentum in recruiting circles and the Georgia Bulldogs are taking a closer look.

Greene has been to Athens a number of times, but Saturday the 6-foot-6, 200-pounder took in G-Day for another look.

"The visit was good. I went down there and talked to Coach (Tony) Ball for m quite a while and he was telling me how happy he was to see me again," Greene said. "He asked me who had offered me so far, and told me he wanted the chance to coach me at their (Georgia's) football camp in the summer to get a better evaluation of me."

Greene said he took Ball up on his offer.

After catching 33 passes for 630 yards and three touchdowns as junior, Greene has drawn the attention of several big-time schools.

Although he currently just holds offers from Middle Tennessee and Duke, Greene has drawn interest from Alabama, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Vanderbilt and South Carolina, which is recruiting him as a tight end.

Greene said the Bulldogs are looking at him at receiver.

"I talked to Coach Ball a lot and he told me how I would be able to help the team and everything," Greene said. "He seemed pretty much like he was willing to offer."

But first, Greene said Ball wants to see him in action during camp later this summer.

Greene said he understands.

"He was telling me how the same thing happened last year when they offered a receiver (Michael Bennett) at camp," Greene said. "He said the same thing would probably happen again."

According to Greene, the Bulldogs hope to sign four receivers from the Class of 2011.

"I think my height gives me an advantage over the cornerbacks," Greene said. "I'm probably a foot taller, and with my jumping ability, I can go up and bring it back down."

Greene, who competed in the 400, 300 hurdles and triple jump during last year's state track meet, says sometimes he speed gets overlooked.

"Because I'm so tall, when I take two strides I'm covering five yards or so I think sometimes it looks like I'm not running as fast," Greene said.

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