November 3, 2006

Nashville DE to visit Ole Miss

A major need area for Ole Miss 2007 recruiting class is defensive linemen. Second year head coach Ed Orgeron is taking a national search approach to the immediate need areas of his team, sending his coaches out all over the country.

One Tennessee prospect that is hot on the Rebel's radar is Brentwood Academy's A. J. Greene. Greene, who recently picked up verbal offers from Tennessee, received a special visitor during Thursday's practice.

"Auburn's head coach Tommy Tubberville came to my practice today," Greene said. "I didn't get to talk to him, but it was pretty cool that he showed up. I think that Auburn and Ole Miss are very close to offering me."

Greene wasn't aware of the Volunteers recent offer but according to veteran head coach Carlton Flatt, he has a verbal offer from Tennessee.

"Tennessee is the most recent," Coach Flatt said Thursday. "I'm pretty sure Ole Miss has given a verbal and if not they are very close to. I'm expecting one from Auburn, Coach Tubberville is due here today."

Coach Flatt has sent several prospects over the years to the SEC and the Division 1 ranks and is confident about Greene's abilities.

"Oh yes he is definitely a SEC caliber player," Flatt said. "He only has been playing football since his sophomore season; he is still learning the game and has a lot of upside. He is going to be a special player before all is said and done."

Greene, a 6-foot-6, 260-pound defensive end that runs a 4.8 forty, just recently turned 17, a fact that has Flatt thinking that Greene isn't nearly done growing.

"I expect him to have a lot of growing left to do," Flatt said. "Like I said his upside is tremendous."

One school that has captured Greene's attention is Ole Miss.

"I like their style of defense," Greene said. "I feel if I go there I will get some playing time my freshman year. That's very important to me. I know they will play the best player regardless of how old a player is."

Greene was also impressed with how the Rebels recently played against Auburn.

"I watched the entire game," Greene said. "I really thought that Ole Miss was going to pull out the win."

Greene claims no favorites currently and plans on waiting until his senior season is complete before narrowing the field.

"Right now I like the schools that have offered me," Greene said. "The only visit I have scheduled is the one to Ole Miss on December 1. I plan on looking at setting up some other visits also."

Greene has garnered over 33 tackles on the year along with five sacks. He recently took the ACT and hasn't received his score back. He currently holds a 2.5 G.P.A.

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