College football prospects have all sorts of different attitudes toward recruiting. Brandon Greene is one of those who pretty much knew what he wanted and wasn’t all that interested in the courtship part of the recruiting game.
Well, now he’s got what he wanted.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pound offensive tackle from Cedar Grove committed to Alabama over the weekend. He did it without a lot of pomp and circumstance and without a whole bunch of other offers. Before he committed to the Crimson Tide while on an unofficial visit this past Saturday, Greene’s other scholarship opportunities were from Central Florida, Louisville, Ole Miss.
But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t project as a great college football player. On the contrary. For all practical purposes, his recruitment was just taking off.
“He has gotten all kinds of interest from people in the SEC and other places, but he liked Alabama,” Cedar Grove coach Ray Bonner said. “So he didn’t even bother to go through it. He said, ‘Coach, this is where I want to go.’ His Mom looked at it and they made the decision and that was it.”
Bonner said Georgia, Georgia Tech and many other teams were closing in quickly on Greene. “[Georgia] coach Mark Richt has been by here to see him with Coach [Rodney] Garner,” Bonner said. “Tech offered him to come to their camp. He gets tons of mail from them and all those schools. They’re all trying to get him to come to their junior days, but I guess he’s already made up his mind. I didn’t think he’d commit this early but that’s what he said he wanted to do.”
Greene said he had pretty much set his sights on Bama, so there wasn’t much cause for looking around.
“I’ve always liked Bama and it just felt time to commit,” he said. “Me and my mom went down there Saturday. It was just so welcoming and inviting there and I loved the campus. I like the type of offense that they run. I told Coach [Nick] Saban, ‘if my mom likes it I’m all go.’ And she liked it a lot. She thought it’d be a good choice for me, too, so I committed.”
Credit the Crimson Tide for getting in on Greene early. They first spotted him while on an evaluation trip to Cedar Grove last spring. They followed him closely from that point, had him to Tuscaloosa for games several times last fall and locked him down in early March.
“They saw him as a sophomore in the spring and just waited to see about his development,” Bonner said. “And he came on like gangbusters last year. He had a great year for us.”
Greene said he has grown an inch taller and about 35 pounds heavier to his current size since the beginning of last season. That he has his decision made and can concentrate on preparing for his senior season, he said, is a relief.
“I feel a lot more relaxed. I feel great,” he said. “I feel like I know what I need to do now as far as the next level. I don’t really have to worry about where I’m going to school now. I just have to worry about working to keep getting better.”
Greene did leave the door cracked open for Tech and UGA and a few others.
“I’m still going to take a couple of trips just to see what other schools have to offer,” he said. “I have already talked to a couple of schools and a couple of other schools have offered. I might go to UGA, I might go to Georgia Tech, I might go to Florida. I haven’t really sat down and talked about it with my coaches but we’ll do that pretty soon, but those are a few I have in mind.”
In the meantime, Bonner, a veteran DeKalb County coach, is left to wonder why there more of a fuss wasn’t made over his star lineman.
“I really don’t know why he didn’t [have more offers],” said Bonner, who coached Henry Harris (UGA), Fred Lane (UGA) and Rod Saddler (Texas A&M) while at Columbia. “If there’s a better one than him I want to see him. He can run, he can jump, he can block. You see him and you watch him in a game or watch game tape and he just jumps out at you. I’m still trying to figure that one out. I knew he was a D-1 kid. I’ve been coaching high school football for 20 years and he’s right up there with the best of them.”
By Chip Towers, The College Recruiting Blog