Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson found the big and speedy wide receiver he needed for his offense when Starr’s Mill High’s Jeff Greene committed to the Yellow Jackets.
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Greene picked Georgia Tech over Duke, Mississippi State, South Florida, Cincinnati, East Carolina and Middle Tennessee State. Greene is commitment No. 10 for Tech’s 2011 football recruiting class.
“I met with Coach Johnson for about an hour, and we talked about the recruiting process, how kids have until Feb. 2 to sign,” Greene said. “However, with Georgia Tech, it’s first-come, first-serve with the scholarships. I didn’t want to pass up on a good opportunity so I committed on the spot after being offered.”
“I’m excited about Georgia Tech. Coach Johnson is a winner, and has won everywhere he has coached. Georgia Tech has great academics, and a college degree from there will help you after football. And it’s close to home, which will allow my friends and family come to the games.”
Last year at Starr’s Mill, Greene caught 33 passes for 630 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was clocked at 4.61 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Greene was just beginning to attract big-time attention from college recruiters.
“Georgia Tech has like eight guys on their list at wide receiver that they are looking at,” Greene said. “Coach Johnson said the No. 1 guy out of Seattle would probably stay closer to home. They showed me the recruiting board, and my name was at No. 2 for wide receiver. That made me feel really good, that they thought that highly of me.”
Greene said after he committed, Johnson asked several questions to make sure that he was content with his decision. Greene confirmed to the coach that his mind was made up.
“[Johnson] said some people dog Tech out about its passing attack, how they have a reputation for being a running team,” Greene said. “He told me, ‘Jeff, don’t listen to those people. If you can do something with the football, we will find a way to get it it to you.’ He also told me if I really worked hard, that I would have the chance to play early.”
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