UGA hasn’t given up on recruiting Brandon Greene, who has blossomed into the state’s No. 1 college football prospect on the offensive line.
The 6-foot-6, 295-pounder from Cedar Grove High School committed to Alabama last March.
Mark Richt and UGA recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner both recently talked over the phone with Greene.
“Georgia has been coming on real strong,” Greene told the AJC. “Coach Richt and Coach G say about the same thing – that I’m a Georgia boy and that they want me to stay around home to play football.
“They know I’m a big family man, so they keep throwing that at me … being close to my mom, and being able to come home and eat dinner with her sometimes. It’s all good. But you know when you commit to a school, you have a bond with that school. It’s like you’ve got your mind set up to go to that school. That how it is for me with Alabama. But I’m going to take a visit to Georgia to see how it looks.”
Greene said he will probably take official visits to UGA, Ole Miss and South Carolina, along with Alabama.
“I’m going to take some visits,” Greene said. “My coaches always tell me that it’s good to go see some places to make sure you made the right choice.”
One place Greene won’t visit is Auburn. “I’m not going to mess with Auburn too much. That’s like instigating something. When you’re committed to Alabama and going to visit their rival [Auburn] … I’m trying to stay out of that.”
What about Alabama fans who might be worried about Greene visiting other schools? “They know I’m committed to them. I talk to Alabama’s coaches almost every other day through email or a phone call. They know I’m committed to them. It’s all good. I’m going to take some visits because I want to take some visits, but I’m 100 percent with Alabama.”
Alabama was one of the first schools to offer, recruiting Greene at a fast and furious pace before the word spread about him to other scouts. “My first offer was UCF, then Ole Miss, Louisville and North Carolina. Then Alabama offered, and that’s what set it off. That’s my childhood favorite. I’ve always wanted to go to Alabama so I committed there. I’ve watched them my whole life and I’ve always been an Alabama fan, so when I got the opportunity to go there, I just committed.”
However, Greene admits that his decision wouldn’t have been as easy had UGA offered before Alabama (UGA waited two months after Alabama to offer). “It would’ve been harder to decide,” Greene said. “Parts of my family are Georgia fans and they are always like ‘Go to Georgia.’ The pastor at my church is a big Georgia fan. But I didn’t have a Georgia offer at the time so I didn’t think about it. If I did, it would’ve been a more difficult decision. I’m not saying my decision would’ve been different but it would’ve been harder to decide.”
Greene said even though he has a lot of Georgia fans as friends and family, he doesn’t feel a lot of pressure to look hard at the Bulldogs. Well, unless he’s on Facebook. “Geno Smith and I, we talk about it all the time – the Georgia fans are ruthless and they don’t care,” Greene said with a laugh. “They will write on our Facebook wall ‘We need you to go here’ and ‘Go Dawgs.’ Then five minutes later, you might get an Alabama fan with ‘Roll Tide’ and a picture. It’s crazy.” [Note: St. Pius cornerback Geno Smith is also committed to Alabama]
Alabama is recruiting Greene to play offensive line and will specify a position when he reports to campus. UGA has Greene pegged as a left tackle.
UGA has made offensive linemen the No. 1 priority for the remainder of its 2012 recruiting class. What about UGA’s lack of depth on the offensive line? Is that appealing to Greene? “It is somewhat,” he said. “But again, I’m big on loyalty. Georgia offered me later. Alabama was the school that showed me the most love at first and cared the most. That’s the school I’m going with.”
Greene has a 3.0 GPA and wants to study Culinary Arts and be a chef.
Cedar Grove quarterback Johnathan McCrary is one of the state’s top juniors and has a dozen early offers, including UGA, Georgia Tech, Florida State and Alabama.
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– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog
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