Brandon Greene ends recruiting early with commitment to Alabama

Cedar Grove's Brandon "Cinco Ocho" Greene was impressive in's Georgia Junior Bowl earlier this year. (Photo by Rusty Mansell of

Cedar Grove's Brandon "Cinco Ocho" Greene was impressive in's Georgia Junior Bowl earlier this year. (Photo by Rusty Mansell of

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

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Who cares

March 7th, 2011
6:30 pm

Who cares

March 7th, 2011
6:31 pm

Looks like Bama is ahead of everyone in their evaluation of prospects

Congrats BG

March 7th, 2011
6:35 pm

I wish he had always wanted to be a Dawg, however it is refreshing to see a kid know what he wants and go ahead and commit without the silly celeberation announcement that is so much in vogue now.


March 7th, 2011
6:48 pm

I wish UGA would make lineman a top priority each and every year, like Bama does. Just like pitching in baseball, you win or lose at the line of scrimmage in football.


March 7th, 2011
6:51 pm

just can’t understand why MR is not on top of this he is a instate kid jim donnan would have had him commented in the 10th grade but now it’s all about doing the ” right” thing what tha? these kids will stap u if its right for them why not do whats right 4 the UGA


March 7th, 2011
6:53 pm

while said KB


March 7th, 2011
6:59 pm

UGA can’t get every instate kid but we are going after some damn good O Line players like John Theus , Vadal Alexander and Joe Harris both Harris and Alexander instate most likely one going to UGA is Theus i would real happy with him . Greene is good pick up for Bama Theus is one the dawgs have to get .


March 7th, 2011
7:10 pm

I wouldn’t call Bama ahead in evaluations..They offer everybody on SEC boards and then weed out those that don’t perform..Good health to you young man, because if you’re injured ,Bama will act as if they hardly knew you…I’ve heard they’re about to have their annual “cuts” after spring practice!

Vandy Dawg

March 7th, 2011
7:12 pm

I have read where it is LSU or Bama for Alexander.


March 7th, 2011
7:15 pm

Worm-you do not know what you are talking about.

tide roll

March 7th, 2011
7:16 pm


Roll Tide What?

March 7th, 2011
7:21 pm

Good to see good ole Saint Nick Satan at it again. What I can’t understand is that if Alabama is such a hotbed for football, why do Alabama Universities raid GA for talent? Do high school players in the state of Alabama stink that bad, or are they trying to raise the SAT or IQ scores of these respective individual teams. Just a random thought.


March 7th, 2011
7:36 pm

Obviously Georgia and Florida has the deepest talent and you have throw in Texas to but appear that just about every state in the union has come to Georgia and offered our HS players we are rich in talent .


March 7th, 2011
7:41 pm

Roll Tide What?, if your SAT score had been a little bit higher you’d realize that there are a lot more top quality college football prospects in Georgia than in Alabama because there are a lot more people in Georgia than Alabama. Yet for some reason The University of Alabama’s football history dwarfs that of The University of Georgia.

Tide Hyde

March 7th, 2011
7:48 pm

Smart move kid, Georgia’s a 6-7 team, wait to step up to a winning program.


March 7th, 2011
7:50 pm

@RRTDawgs…Its true the dawgs can’t get all the kids and shouldn’t just throw offers around, but its a little disturbing that with our great recruiting class from last year that we don’t seem to be getting a push from that. I’m starting to see what some are saying about us being late on some of these guys, especially lineman…Its true we have some we are focusing on, but we seem to be late to the dance alot of times… Last year is over, we did fantastic, but we should be pulling in some recruits as it looks that this year many are committing early…but with that being said, i think we will be fine, its early and some of these guys will decommit before its over….go dawgs


March 7th, 2011
7:51 pm

Hopefully Saban doesn’t “sign” 35 players and you don’t get gray shirted. Just kidding, just pissed we missed another one to Bama.


March 7th, 2011
7:54 pm

1.) Building on DP’s comment: GA has twice the population of AL, and AL has two competitive D-I programs. (Sorry, Tech doesn’t count!) Hence the reason Bama and others raid the state of talent.
2.) It appears Coach Saban is building his own “Dream Team” this year with talent from GA. This makes 5 commits from the Peach state for 2012.
3.) Worm apparently rode the short bus.


March 7th, 2011
8:03 pm

I think the dawgs will be just fine, but the perception is that Bama is raiding our state and they are, so every article is going to appear to have a negative slant towards the dawgs..I thought the prevailing thought was that the dawgs would lock down the state and be able to compete on a regular basis for championships with the in state players…It appears Bama is doing what we should be doing in my opinion…but as i said, i think we will be fine, but it appears that Bama is kicking our rear ends with beating us to the punch….I can promise you if Bama is offering these guys, we should be too…say what you want but the Bama coaching staff can spot talent…go dawgs, lets start getting some commitments, even if its early, lets make a statement, thats all i’m saying…go dawgs


March 7th, 2011
8:06 pm

I’ll congratulate the Tide on getting a good OL prospect. UGA can’t get them all, these things go both ways, if UA fans really want to talk smack all we have to do is point to Malcolm Mitchell and Mr. Crowell just last month. The big time schools will always go both ways with these recruits. But I do conagratulate the young man for making his decision early and not playing games with other coaches.


March 7th, 2011
8:10 pm

Apothecary Mark, How does it feel to be the step child in your own state..You must have seen too many AU championship flags flying..I’d bet I have more friends on the Bama staff than you do!


March 7th, 2011
8:12 pm

Mark, I’ve tailgated with your coaches-Have you?


March 7th, 2011
8:22 pm

OK i will admit i am little nervous that we are not offering these kids early and Bama is kicking our but in recruiting Richt does have to a better job in offering them right away if we have good year then some these will look at UGA more closely Richt needs to coach his ass off this year go dawgs .

Truth in Stats

March 7th, 2011
8:23 pm

Why do other schools come to Georgia to get recruits? This is why.

South Carolina

Population in Metro Atlanta in 2009:


Do you realize that 28 county Metro Atlanta has more people than the entire state of Alabama.
Yet Alabama has a better football program.


March 7th, 2011
8:26 pm

Touche’, DP!

Sour Grapes

March 7th, 2011
8:27 pm

UGA has never been on a level with the Tide in football (or FL, TN or Auburn for that matter), go back to talking trash to the schools that stress academics like Vandy and Tech.
Rest assured the Fulmer Cup will be yours again next year lol.


March 7th, 2011
8:29 pm

These early commitments are usually from 3 star or barely 4 star who think they have wrapped up a scholarship from Bama by early commitment . So naive of the way Saban does business. Also they better study hard in case they become one of the medical scholarship if they aren’t good enough to suit Saban .
Good luck finding a job in Alabama. We don’t want you back in Georgia. I’m retired and don’t have any pull helping UGA grad find a job any longer and to be honest only have limited pull before I retired but no way in hell I would help another states grad’s find a job over a former DAWG. I hope other UGA ALUMNI

John P

March 7th, 2011
8:35 pm

TampaDawg If Bama fans wanted to talk smack we could look at the last 4 classes and everyone would realize the Dawgs have clearly lost some of their recruiting swaggerand Alabama is becoming more powerful. Saban is a great evaluator of talent and has learned from the best the NFL has to offer. He is one of the best around and that is why he offers his targets early. Dawg fans do not get down on your coach Saban is ahead of most coaches.


March 7th, 2011
8:39 pm

“We don’t want you back in Georgia.”

That’s a terrific attitude 7576DAWG. How do you feel about out of state kids who come to play for Georgia, like Matt Stafford or Aaron Murray?


March 7th, 2011
8:47 pm

Sour Grapes really I remember 20 years of Bama wandering the wasteland…running thru coaches like Charlie Sheen thru porn stars. Aren’t you guys STILL on probation ?


March 7th, 2011
8:58 pm

John P you can talk smack but UGA doesn’t oversign either. Whether its against the rules or not its still unethical to promise kids one thing and then ship them off to another school if he gets hurt or doesn’t turn into the blue chipper everyone thought he’d become. However, if these kids don’t worry about it Nick and co. will continue to sign the maximum every year and continue with there top 3 recuriting classes until the rules change or he bolts for the NFL again.

tide roll

March 7th, 2011
8:59 pm

Coach Bonner, Why do you think Uga wasn’t on the kid? Hell, who needs him. Richt landed the 9th rated offensive line class in the SEC this year. He loaded up!

Mac Dawg

March 7th, 2011
9:15 pm

I noticed someone congratulated the young man for making his decision early and not playing games with other coaches. But the young man does state and I quote “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.” Sounds like he is still playing games to me.


March 7th, 2011
9:28 pm

Roll Tide Brandon Greene. Welcome to Title Town USA. If Saban likes wants him at Alabama, I want him at Alabama. I saw Urban Meyer on ESPN a while ago say “If Alabama offered a scholarship to a defensive player then we immediatly offered. Nick Saban knows talent.” I know this kid’s a OL but Saban knows talent .Roll Tide


March 7th, 2011
9:31 pm

Brandon is like a 2 star, UGA is going to get the state OT beast a five star Vadal Alexander form BUFORD,

Brown Dog

March 7th, 2011
9:33 pm

The kid’s coach asks the question UGA fans should be asking: Why was Georgia late? Maybe CMR thinks he has bigger fish on the line. But he still has to get them in the boat.

In the meantime, CNS seems to like Georgia kids who move between football and basketball. Keep an eye on Adrian Hubbard this year.

Lester Miles

March 7th, 2011
9:35 pm

I agree with you 7576DAWG and you do have a terrific attitude and a correct one also. I am sure the people in other states that lose recruits to UGA feel the same way as we do about their turncoat players. We are glad to get them and they hate to lose them. These students are schooled and trained at taxpayer expense in most cases and they take their ungrateful talent and play for the enemy. Out of sight – out of mind. Don’t come back you ingrates. DP you are the one with an ignorant attitude and you are probably someone that would thank a politician for raising your taxes. Wake up. Have a great day.

Brown Dog

March 7th, 2011
9:38 pm


You stick to your evaluations, Tide fans will go with Nick’s. If he offered this early, the kid is special.

Brown Dog

March 7th, 2011
9:42 pm

Stafford: Texas.
Moreno: N.J.
A.J. Green: South Carolina.
Lester Maddox: Mars.

IL Jacket

March 7th, 2011
9:53 pm

Brown Dog, that was hilarious. Thanks for making my day.


March 7th, 2011
9:54 pm

It kills me when people make a statement like “Don’t try to come back to Georgia and get a job”. How silly is that. Just because someone leaves Georgia to go to college does not eliminate him/her from ever getting a job in Georgia. If the person is qualified, he is qualified, regardless of where he/she went to college.


March 7th, 2011
10:00 pm

Quoting Chip: 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.”

Another one that doesn’t understand what the word “commit” means. In his case it’s just as well, Saban usually offers around 100 kids scholarsghips, accepts commitments from 50 and then signs 28, leaving a bunch of them without somewhere to go next February

But all that’s ok. Ask the bammers about it and they’ll say $aban is “just businesslike”..


March 7th, 2011
10:02 pm

MAC DAWG, I didn’t see that but if thats the case I retract my previous statement on him not playing games. But UGA fans have to remember that hundreds of kids sign scholarhips to D-1 schools every year and UGA can only sign 25-28 per year. We all know CNS knows what he is doing but so does CMR. UGA has had a couple of down years but so has every other school in its history, lets see how year two looks in the 3-4 with John Jenkins at the nose.

GT hulk

March 7th, 2011
10:09 pm

Wish Ga. Southern or UAB would have offered, then PJ might have had a chance for this kid or any others.


March 7th, 2011
10:13 pm

Alabama is just ruining Richt’s vacation. Doesn’t Saban know you are not supposed to do anything between Signing Day and Spring Practice? Richt does.


Brown Dog

March 7th, 2011
10:14 pm

Mike P: If Saban is that heinous, why don’t any of the kids, the parents or the high school coaches complain? Why do they line up year after year to play for him?

Your little numbers game describes how every college football team operates — until, of course, the NCAA comes knocking. Let us know how that works out.


March 7th, 2011
10:17 pm

TampaDawg Saban does not seem to have trouble with his kids on scholarship or the kids who transfer. The Tide program is so different from Georgia’s program it is hard to describe unless you have watched since the day this staff started in Tuscaloosa. But if it makes you feel better about yourself continue to talk about cheating, oversigning and how moral the Georgia staff acts. What a joke. Saban is a leader to these young men. Maybe this year you can keep your kids out of trouble off the field, cut down on dumb penalties and do the things good teams do. It is March so as usual you guys can make youselves believe the East is yours to loose.

IL Jacket

March 7th, 2011
10:22 pm

If a player’s scholarship is nonrenewed can he then transfer and play next year or does he still have to set out a year per NCAA rules?


March 7th, 2011
10:24 pm

MikeP… Aub going to do any recruiting this year?

Honolulu Dawg

March 7th, 2011
10:27 pm

Walmart… The capital of Alabama