FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Starr’s Mill WR Jeff Greene is commitment No. 10 for Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

Starr's Mill WR Jeff Greene (Special)

Starr's Mill WR Jeff Greene (Special)

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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151 comments Add your comment

GTax

July 31st, 2010
10:08 pm

Welcome Jeff!

Glad to have you on the Flats! Take note of the naysayers and point to FIRST WR IN THE DRAFTS (THOMAS) NEW CONTRACT 15.5 MILLION GUARANTEED 9.35!! Tell that to whoever told you GT won’t get the ball to you.

Good choice young man and get ready for a lot of man on man coverage and I know you’ll light ‘em up!

The Champs

July 31st, 2010
10:15 pm

Excellent news! Great hands, great height. Hopefully will follow the footsteps of Calvin and Bay-Bay.
GO TECH!

UGA Girles Have Rotton Teeth

July 31st, 2010
10:17 pm

I’m thinking Greene will put on alot of muscle and maybe an inch or two. Welcome to Tech Jeff.

Ramble On!

July 31st, 2010
10:24 pm

I bet Middle Tenn State is p!ssed!!!!!

Finally!

July 31st, 2010
10:25 pm

We beat out Duke for a recruit!!!! We are awesome!!!!

1eyedJack

July 31st, 2010
10:28 pm

The “Stork”.

RabidDawgFan

July 31st, 2010
10:44 pm

He might have great hands and great size, but definately not great speed. 4.6? A WR running a 4.6 is not a great thing. He couldn’t beat some of our Linebackers we have on the team. It’s a shame when a LB is faster or is at least as fast as a WR. Maybe when we play you guys when this kid is on your squad, instead of having a corner on him, we’ll put sack master OLB Justin Houston to cover him and I bet he could.

Techfan

July 31st, 2010
10:46 pm

who? this kid isn’t even ranked. what a horrible pickup for us. we need some decent wrs.

tampadawg86

July 31st, 2010
10:47 pm

Sounds like a good pick up for yal. Congrats.

QUEEN

July 31st, 2010
10:48 pm

Hhhhhhmmmmmmmmmm…………yawn………

dawgster

July 31st, 2010
10:50 pm

Looks like a great pick-up for Tech…My have to redshirt but could be a sleeper…I’m a big time dawg fan but just wanted to say some positive things about the kid before some others start bringing up the number or stars or who was or was not recruiting him…I see that way too much on the dawg blogs from other fans….There is way too much made about how many stars a young man has just from some recruiting services opinion…Its about heart and if you ever played the game you would know that the number of stars you had in high school won’t mean much when you get on the field…Again looks like a great pick-up for Tech..

I'm 40 and live with my mom

July 31st, 2010
10:51 pm

This is fantastic. Who knew we could ever get a kid that was recruited by Middle Tennessee State to come to Georgia Tech. National championship here we come. I bet UGAG is jealous. I like Star Trek.

GTax

July 31st, 2010
10:54 pm

Rabiddawg….

The 40 time is misleading. He’s missed a lot of camps and combines this summer because he broke his hand last year and is just now healthy again.

He is a second team 5AAAA track team member.

Also, it should be noted that Bay-Bay Thomas ran a 4.6 when he committed. Guess who ran a 4.6 at the Browns combine last year? Come on, take a guess. UGA’s own Mohammed Massaquoi.

His speed will come down with some more training. He’s a really nice get for GT. 6′6″ is a good size.

Plus, he was present at Dawg night, guess Richt just couldn’t quite pull him in.

GTax

July 31st, 2010
10:57 pm

Again, before Dawg fans jump on him about his offer list, he was hurt over the Spring with a broken hand and missed a lot of camps and combines thus the reason for his small offer list.

His recruitment was starting to build. He had recently been to a camp at Ohio St. and was at Dawg night as well.

GATECH 4 LIFE

July 31st, 2010
10:59 pm

4.6 40? Can you believe it? With recruits like this we will never lose again. I can’t wait for DragonCON!!!

Ken...

July 31st, 2010
10:59 pm

Good pickup for Tech. Best of luck Jeff. I hope you enjoy your time on the flats.

NRBQ

July 31st, 2010
10:59 pm

Maybe ’cause…….. Richt didn’t offer him?

SteveW

July 31st, 2010
11:00 pm

CPJ doesn’t look at “stars” on the Rivals page – he recruits kids he thinks can play – I’ve read a couple of stories on his recruiting philosophy. He gets winners and hard workers.

And CPJ kinda reminds me of Bear Bryant a little – he can take his’n, and beat your’n or he could take your’n and beat his’n – as the ol’ country folks used to compliment and assess The Bear.

SteveW

July 31st, 2010
11:01 pm

BTW – big Dawg fan – but CPJ is a beast – let’s be real. Still hope we beat him every year he’s here!

Get Real

July 31st, 2010
11:02 pm

Richt couldn’t pull him in??? Please tell me you don’t really believe this. Have fun blocking kid.

dawgster

July 31st, 2010
11:02 pm

Way too many on here make too much of the 40 times…I can give you a long list of player that ran a sub 4.4 or or better at the receiver position and just never made it for one reason or the other…It takes more than just pure speed to be a great receiver, yea speed definitely helps but guys a 4.6 or 4.5 aint slow….if you think it is then get out there and try and cover a receiver who only has 4.6 speed…I know the pros like the great 40 times but i can promise you there is a lot, lot more they look for in evaluating a great receiver..

Jacket Backer

July 31st, 2010
11:02 pm

Welcome aboard!….

Go Jackets!!

Dawg 1

July 31st, 2010
11:06 pm

Live in the District.

He’s a good kid. Starrs Mill has been a run oriented offense in the past. New coach will put the ball in the air. Solid QB at Starrs Mill, meaning the kid could have a monster year. This is a nice pick up for Tech.

y

July 31st, 2010
11:07 pm

Come on fellow dog fans…grow up. A 4.6 is nothing to scoff at as Gtax brought up with Thomas and Massaquoi. Good luck at GT Jeff…GT absolutley disproved the whole cant prove a WR myth last year with Thomas being the number one receiver taken. I think the dog fans need to look at some of the players we have taken recently…several have only had one big time offer and were being recruited by schools like MTSU and ECU. Such as Hunter Long(OL) who had offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, MTSU, Murray State, Southern Miss, Tennessee Martin, and UGA. Might want to zip it guys we recruit the same kind of kids sometimes…and they can turn out to be great ball players…

Paul in RDU

July 31st, 2010
11:12 pm

dawgster – classy posts – bravo!

1eyedJack

July 31st, 2010
11:14 pm

6′6″ can sometimes get away with 4.6.

GTax

July 31st, 2010
11:19 pm

Thanks for the positive remarks Dawg fans! Congrats on you guys landing Conely while we are on the subject. He’ll be a good one!

Paul in RDU

July 31st, 2010
11:19 pm

This guy’s 4.71 second 40 time in the pro combines certainly showed that he would be a washout

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Rice

TechFan

July 31st, 2010
11:21 pm

The not so great 40 has to be his start. He has a good 400 and 300H and good recovery, something you want for a WR who has to go out numerous times.

South Ga Dawg

July 31st, 2010
11:22 pm

Another Second rate recruit for Tech!!!! Lol!!! Watch out for the Bumble Bees!!!!!

South Ga Dawg

July 31st, 2010
11:23 pm

This just in folks………. Tech has a football program!!!!! lol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

South Ga Dawg

July 31st, 2010
11:23 pm

Oh, but the have great academics!!! I Forgot!!!! What a joke!!!!!

Finally!

July 31st, 2010
11:24 pm

CPJ… My aunt is 6′5″ and she runs a 4.7 forty… She played in a run-offense in high school. I think she will be a stud in 2 years and she really likes football.

Hunker Down

July 31st, 2010
11:45 pm

Good luck and stay healthy!

dawgster

July 31st, 2010
11:45 pm

Come on dawg fans, lets show some class, maybe if we do they will return the favor and no i don’t pull for tech even when they don’t play the dawgs, but still why bash the program for their recruiting of what appears to be very good kid and good player, i’m sure his family is pleased so why not show some respect for their efforts and lets do our talking on the field..And thanks for the dawg fans that are being respectful…We don’t have to like one another schools but at least be decent and respectful to the players and coaches,,,Maybe if there was a little more of that on here we wouldn’t get off target so often that has nothing to do with the article…I hope the gators and bama fans will do the same…Go dawgs….

Big L

July 31st, 2010
11:45 pm

Not getting the “Paul Johnson reminds me of Bear Bryant” thing. Last I checked, the ol Bear WON his bowl games.

Paul in RDU

July 31st, 2010
11:54 pm

Paul Johnson doesn’t remind me of Bear Bryant. Paul Johnson actually has managed to beat Notre Dame.

Dawgforlife

August 1st, 2010
12:13 am

Congradulations to Tech in gaining what seems like a quality young man. But, once again the AJC bias against Georgia flares its ugly head. How is a 5-star UGA basketball recruit looking around at other schools related to Tech signing a football player? Give up? Its not related at all; but, it is another chance for this newspaper to write a negative spin on the UGA athletic program. Day after day it happens. Even when you google AJC Sports it says, Atlanta sports, Braves, Falcons, Hawks, Tech, Thrashers…and then as an afterthough..UGA news.

DAWGS#1

August 1st, 2010
12:29 am

“GTax” yeah richt can’t pull in a no stars reciever but he can pull in a five star reciever who just might be the best reciever in all of college football named A.J Green yeah you make a lot of since.

Brian VanGorder

August 1st, 2010
12:46 am

First off, who cares about Bay-Bay Thomas (can’t believe that I just called him that). While CPJ is pulling recruits who make the second team 5AAAA, as GTax Alluded to. Richt is pulling athletes who
set state records in the 100 meters (10.35, Justin Scott-Wesley). Just face it Tech, you are are a second tier football team. Just a step behind. Missed your chance last year. Good luck with your new language!!!!

Paddy

August 1st, 2010
12:58 am

techfan…..not ranked, what do you mean? College coaches don’t look at those ranking from Rivals or Scout. Those are just fun sites for fans and a way they can suck money from the uninformed. Get real with that unranked nonsense. This is the real world where big time college coaches make big, big money. They are not concerned with Rivals. They trust their paycheck to their ability to evaluate talent.

y

August 1st, 2010
1:01 am

Brian…you are the one talking/commenting about him. Bay Bay Thomas was a top notch receiver…the best according to the NFL talent evaluators…plenty of people care about him….hes making more than Dez Bryant..who was supposedly so much better. Richt does recruit some great players but what do we have to show for it?? Nothing since 2005….quit living in a dream land. Tech landed one of the best kids in the state last year who set a few track and field records..Stephen Hill…you sound like a huge d bag trying to tear a kid down who likely has accomplished more than you have on the grid iron…he is heading to a big time BCS program…the highest level of college football..even if they play in the ACC. Embarrassing comments such as yours make the UGA fan base look like a bunch of retards…we really have nothing to show for all these recruits…open your eyes…Tech will get good recruits…we will get hyped up 5 star recruits that cant play as a team. I dont know how any UGA fan can continue to brag about recruiting…they are 20-7 over the last two years….we have been on the downslide and that doesnt look to change with a freshman QB and new defense this year…you need to take a hard look at UGA before you try to tear down other programs.

bitter hersall talker

August 1st, 2010
1:20 am

another great pick by coach dooly i mean coach PJ, sorry old habits die hard, tech will continue to win ACC titles and my old friend from VA TECH cant seam to come to terms with the fact that theres a new seriff in town and va tech just need to learn to bow to the yellow fellows from 14th ave, you step out of your car and get jack, hahahah good luck teches, i still ruled the flats in my day, ps ive been granted a 5th year of elligbility, deal with it!!!!

Brian VanGorder

August 1st, 2010
1:50 am

Y….Not trying to tear a kid down, Simply stating the facts and showing the difference in who Richt recruits. Let me guess you became a UGA fan in 02. We refer to you as a fair weather fan!…Anyway, no doubt this kid is a player and will have a great career. I hope he does well…and yes I sucked on the gird iron..thanks for bringing back the memories.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

August 1st, 2010
1:57 am

GTax

July 31st, 2010
10:54 pm
Rabiddawg….

The 40 time is misleading. He’s missed a lot of camps and combines this summer because he broke his hand last year and is just now healthy again.
Plus, he was present at Dawg night, guess Richt just couldn’t quite pull him in.

Hmmm… Misleading? Not very much so at all.. Last time I checked, a 4.6 was a 4.6 and nothing other than a 4.6… And how in the heck to you justify that comment by saying “he broke his hand last year”. Yeah, and i hear hear Middle Tennessee State of who cares was “hard up” for this cat… lol please. You know what you call a 6′6″, 200 lbs football player who runs a (generous) 4.6? An anorexic Defensive End.. You guys could get Ronald McDonald, and 3/4 of you would start screaming he’s the next coming of Boo Hoo Thomas.. The funniest part was your reference to Dawg Night.. All recruiting sites I have visited say the Dawgs never offered.. Hmm.. So i guess since Gabe Wright’s mom was in attendence at Dawg Night, that means the Dawgs were trying to “pull her in” too? what position does she play? And how many recruits come to Dawg Night? Last i checked, it was over 40 + of the state’s TOP TALENT, and lo and behold, according to this source (proof of my comment, for you idiot tech bloggers) he WASNT INVITED. Hmm.. So your only way to celebrate a recruit nobody besides third rate teams offered, is to LIE, and say UGA wanted him? You’re almost as pathetic as your stupid comments.. :) Please do a little background check on info before you open your mouth and vomit out words that have NO legitimacy. And we all know your sad program is still jealous of the fact that we actually have a big time event like Dawg Night, where ACTUAL talented student athletes attend. What does Tech have? Nothing but another Div. I cast-away. Do yourself a favor Jeff Greene, and actually major in something that will get you a decent job after college, b/c if you had any chance of taking it further, UGA would have offered. Or UF. Or Bama, Or Auburn, Or UT, etc. Get the picture?

y

August 1st, 2010
2:00 am

I am a die hard dog fan…I even supported and continue to support the basketball team…not fair weather at all. I just dont like seeing my fellow UGA fans spout of half truths….Richt recruits kids who have stars…that doesn’t mean as much as you think it does. Plenty of 3 star recruits turn into 3 year starers on the college level and later turn into NFL players…just like Bay Bay Thomas who was a no name 3 star recruit from Dublin GA. PJ recruits good ball players…players he knows will fit the system…the man deserves respect in my book. I think PJ knows what he is doing…and Tech fans have little to worry about with his recruiting…it is just as good as Chan Gaileys.

UGA owns you tasty bees..

August 1st, 2010
2:00 am

http://dawgsopinion.blogspot.com/2010/07/recruits-attending-dawg-night.html

Somebody help me, i cannot seem to find this kid’s name ANYWHERE…

UGA owns you tasty bees..

August 1st, 2010
2:06 am

Not “dawging” the kid, just refuting what that idiot GTax(evaders) said in trying to support this kid, and he couldn’t resist bringing UGA into the conversation. And you wonder why nobody likes you. hell, you don’t even like yourselves.. That’s why you’re always comparing anything and everything tech with UGA. You’re like the nerdy little brother of the big cool guy who gets all the chicks, stars on the football team, etc.. (That comparison looks actually more like reality, doesn’t it?)

Jaydawg

August 1st, 2010
2:07 am

Bacarri Rambo &Jakar Hamilton will break this bean pole in half!!!30-24.WE RUN THIS STATE!!!

UGA owns you tasty bees..

August 1st, 2010
2:10 am

Y— You’re not a UGA fan at all, you are what us *REAL UGA FANS* call “fair-weather” fans.. Your bandwagon skills are so good, i bet you made first-chair pivot man.. Mmm Paul’s Johnson, anyone? lol I bet you didn’t know tech had a football team three years ago.. Or if you did, you didn’t dare utter a word about them, lest someone smack your loose fandom down with a bi*chslap. Its okay to be a fan of your team, but don’t parade on here acting like a Dawg fan..