Brandon Greene committed to Alabama but still courted by UGA

Cedar Grove OT Brandon Greene (left) with junior QB Johnathan McCrary (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Cedar Grove OT Brandon Greene (left) with junior QB Johnathan McCrary (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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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 had a fast and furious courtship with Brandon Greene, who only started playing football in the ninth grade and has blossomed into Georgia's No. 1 OL recruit (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

Alabama had a fast and furious courtship with Brandon Greene, who only started playing football in the ninth grade and has blossomed into Georgia's No. 1 OL recruit (AJC photo by Michael Carvell)

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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236 comments Add your comment

cmdawg99

October 4th, 2011
4:17 am

7576DAWG

October 4th, 2011
4:35 am

It will be hard to convince Greene , Smith or any other recruit already committed to other schools that they are better off at Georgia. They think because Alabama as well as other schools that offer anybody and everybody a scholarship that it somehow is showing more love than selective offers from Georgia. These kids wouldn’t know what integrity and real caring is by a head coach if it bit them in the rear end. It is amazing that CMR not over signing means nothing to recruit’s and that other coaches that will over sign get’s their love because they offered first. It show extreme immaturity and ignorance on their part, that they can be manipulated and led by the nose, so easily.
They don’t keep up with how many players are run off or put on medical scholarship by Alabama every year and that Saban could care less about the recruit as a person. I will take CMR’s values over Saban, Nutt, Spurrier and Chizik any day of the week.

Mountain Dawg

October 4th, 2011
5:05 am

Let’s see now, offensive limemen are the Dawgs #1 priority and yet they wait two months after Bama to offer? What does that tell you?

DawgT

October 4th, 2011
5:11 am

Why is it on every top recruit in Georgia that our Dawgs are “late” to offer? Unreal and unacceptable.

Baloneyismyfirstname!

October 4th, 2011
5:17 am

Do whatever is best for you. If that means the red and black then Go Dawgs. If not then best of luck elsewhere.

douglas

October 4th, 2011
6:45 am

This is getting old…other schools offering players in the state of Georgia a scholarship before UGA does and so they commit to that school. Richt and Garner are waiting or taking too long to evaluate talent…there is no excuse for this.

Wally My Butts

October 4th, 2011
6:53 am

Mountain,

So what counts is a speed contest to offer everyone “first”? I can see where your argument is going.

Special K

October 4th, 2011
6:55 am

Douglas. You are correct. They wait until Saban evaluates amd offers before they get the green light.

Special K

October 4th, 2011
6:56 am

Spelling correction, that should be and.

Catch22

October 4th, 2011
7:05 am

If a recruit has to worry about washing out at any school, it’s UGA

Brent Benedict
Washaun Ealey
Logan Gray
AJ Harmon
Tanner Strickland
Jeremy Longo
Nick Williams
Marcus Dowtin
Caleb King
Jaker Hamilton
Derek Owens

And didn’t I hear about ANOTHER bulldog getting arrested this past week? If I were Greene, I would steer clear of Athens

eprosdawgs

October 4th, 2011
7:06 am

Valdosta Dawg, I’m sic and tired of you people mixing sports and religion. Christianity has nothing to do with this young man’s decision. Read your bible. The creator of the Heavens and Earth was not a Christian. The bible has nothing to do with your “lawless” Christianity. Give it a rest people. There’s nothing glorious or Holy about being a Christian, aka group that worship the god of their imagination. We’re in the latter days, try doing some research on your pagan deity. You’ll discover that Christianity is 100% opposite of what the bible teaches. Go dawgs and get a grip!

Roll Tide Pride

October 4th, 2011
7:06 am

Playing for UGA over BAMA – are you kidding me?
That is funny!!!!!

HMMMMMMM, ……. Let’s see – did you see Bama destroy Florida – compare that with UGA scoring a combined 6 second half points against Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

HMMMMMM – let’s see – UGA’s last 3 years – 10-3, 8-5 and 6-7 and starting 2011 season 0-2 vs Alabama – the historically best football power the SEC has to offer and one of college football’s elite programs.

HMMMMM – Richt vs Saban = hot seat vs hall of fame

HMMMMMM………Better program, better coaching, better players, better stadium, prettier co-eds, nationally elite, and Saban is not on the hot seat.

HMMMMM……………….. sinking ship at UGA vs a nuclear powered air craft carrier!

HMMMMMMM…………………… me thinks BAMA!!!!!

The Barn

October 4th, 2011
7:07 am

Mark Richt evaluated and recruited Cam Newton to play … TIGHT END! Hall of Fame for dumbest recruiting EVER.

Vol Man

October 4th, 2011
7:07 am

7576 dawg, lets convince all of the dawgs out of state recruits to stay at home so they can eat with momma and your from here and you should stay home, blah, blah, blah. What;s wrong, Richt cant sell the fact that hes a good coach, he has to use that integrity on eating with momma? You dawg fans are stupid.

benedawg

October 4th, 2011
7:09 am

I would love to have him at UGA but i see he loves Bama, dont waste my time with these recruits that are not 100% Dawg

Paula

October 4th, 2011
7:09 am

Nah, Saban will just make sure Greene gets a new Yukon and a ton of new suits from T-Town Menswear. It’s all good.

Alabama = Cheaters

October 4th, 2011
7:11 am

Brandon, Alabama will be going on NCAA probation … AGAIN … for cheating. They bought the boys suits and a Yukons to drive. Alabama cheats more than Auburn.

http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/docs-richardsons-2011-yukon-with-large-rims-29854

Vol Man

October 4th, 2011
7:12 am

I suggest all committed recruits in the USA to visit UGA and confirm to themsleves they made the right decision not signing with them. Makes it easier for them. UGA is a joke.

Recruiting | MrSEC.com

October 4th, 2011
7:15 am

[...] Georgia is “coming on real strong” for Alabama OL commit Brandon Greene.2. Georgia has offered a scholarship to the top in-state [...]

dd

October 4th, 2011
7:15 am

Hey Catch 22, who’s your team?

Who do you pull for?

Roll Tide Pride

October 4th, 2011
7:16 am

@7576Dawg – you mentioned players leaving by being run off – what was Mark Richt preaching this past spring about being on the bus? How many players did he say he helped off the bus?

If you are fortunate enough to get an SEC scholarship – then you owe it to yourself, the school, the coaches, the fans, to work your tail off everyday to improve, to compete, to be the best you can be.

If a kid puts it in neutral – or becomes a discipline issue – or no longer has his heart in playing football and what it takes to be the best he can be – then by all means, there is nothing wrong with a school saying that it did not work out. Scholarships are privledges – not welfare.

MJ

October 4th, 2011
7:35 am

Catch 22 is probably just another coward that can dish it out but can’t take it.

Topp Dogg

October 4th, 2011
7:42 am

Vol Man nothing sucks more than the Big Orange pal.

JAWJeRDAWG

October 4th, 2011
7:45 am

Seems Brandon Greene pretty much summed up his recruiting decision with:

“Alabama offered… 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.”

It might have made some difference if UGA had offered first, but in Greene’s case, it doesn’t appear it would have made much of a difference.

Though he did mention it, it seems he was looking for the UA offer, and regardless if UGA had offered first, when Brandon he got ‘his dream offer from UA, he accepted it.

Can UGA coaches and family, friends, and others persuade him to change his mind? Who knows.

Just looks like he’s UA bound.

And, tide roll and others, it seems because of his desire to play UA, he was the Tide’s to lose, and not UGA’s to win.

Not CMR’s fault; just seemingly in the cards for him to go to Alabama.

Can he change his mind and chose UGA?

Maybe. Hope so. Time will tell. .. Go Dawgs!

Vol Man

October 4th, 2011
7:50 am

Topp Dawg, try your coaching staff and team.

Crimson Crush

October 4th, 2011
7:51 am

Always cracks me up listening to Dawg fans claiming what a caring Gawd fearin man Richt is … and how every other coach in college football ( especially the ones kicking Georgia’s A.S.S. ) are just a bunch of Satan worshiping immoral heathens .

Yeah … Richt cares soooooooooooooooooo much about his players he can’t take the time to keep them from getting blind smashed drunk , out of bars , out of cars … and performing in the areas of life they should be . Of course … he might have to hurt someones feeling to do stuff like that . Easier to just talk incessantly about some holier than thou Christian and leave all the dirty details of day to day life to chance .

You clowns always fall back on the claim you would rather root for a loser program than you would to lose “I am better than God himself” Coach Richt … I hope your wish is eternally granted :-)

dap01

October 4th, 2011
7:56 am

Stay at home and be a home state hero. Or go to Alabama and hope that you are not one of those Alabama players who mysteriously quit because of Saban’s oversigning EVERY year.

buckhead benny

October 4th, 2011
8:01 am

Georgia ends up pissing off every recruit in the state- That tells you how superior Alabama truly is to Georgia- if they can travel hundreds of miles to your own state and identify talent before you do and offer them and score points for it with the recruits. You better change your game plan and identify these kids early.

JAWJeRDAWG

October 4th, 2011
8:05 am

@ Crimson Crush

Not true at all.

Snoop

October 4th, 2011
8:08 am

I love the “Saban is so superior to Richt” argument that bama fans always try to use. They’re head to head record, and their number of division and conference titles, tend to show a pretty equal amount of success. Freakin bandwagon riders. Let me guess- when it comes to NFL coaches you consider yourselves “belicheck guys.” Oh wait, now you’re really more of a fan of Mike McCarthy. Get real people.
UGA is on a major upswing. Enjoy your moments in the sun now bama, this is college football. Peaks and valleys people..

ROCK STEADY FREDDY

October 4th, 2011
8:08 am

Greene will be Rockin Steady with the DAWGS! We all know how alerbammer and tennerSHE has to pay players, because their high school ball is VERY WEAK! Something in the gene pool!

Snoop

October 4th, 2011
8:08 am

*their, not they’re.

ROCK STEADY FREDDY

October 4th, 2011
8:10 am

Georgia high school went 8-2 against alerbammer last year, hahahaha! No wonder they have to pay to get talent there.

ROCK STEADY FREDDY

October 4th, 2011
8:12 am

oh and the weaklings to our north in tennerSHE. You know they’re paying good money up there. Ever notice how close their eyes are up there in them hills, hahaha!!!

Honest and Frank Discussion

October 4th, 2011
8:13 am

Son you’ve got to make your own decision. You shouldn’t care about how many people in your family are tide fans or pup fans, or what allegiance your pastor has. They aren’t going to college next year – you are.

That said, drop the SEC and come to GT. You’ll get a real education in a real city.

John

October 4th, 2011
8:15 am

Snoop,

Peaks and valleys??? I don’t think that argument helps you much. If that is the case Alabama is the Himilayas and UGA is some rolling foothills. Look back at history. You act like Bama is some newcomer. Also, Saban does not offer everybody a scholarship. I would bet he is more selective than Richt. It is funny to watch everybody jump on the bandwagon of a kid once Alabama, LSU, and other legitimate title contenders offer them. Enjoy wins over MSU and Ole Miss . They are good wins but I don’t think it qualifies for UGA to be on a major upswing. Maybe so, but they have not proven it yet.

CraigB

October 4th, 2011
8:16 am

Kirby Smart will never get my support for UGA’s next coach after telling recruits that Richt is going to get fired.

Courtney

October 4th, 2011
8:18 am

I have an Alabama grad working for me: he cleans up the toilets. They are worthless.

Old Dawg

October 4th, 2011
8:18 am

Another homegrown product Georgia was “late to offer” … smh

Snoop

October 4th, 2011
8:21 am

John- I was speaking of college coaches more so than Alabama itself. But how can you disagree even if thats the case? The years between saban and Stallings were certainly not “the Himilayas.”
UGA has just had it’s valleys (lets hope) and is coming out the other side. My point is lets not act like a guy who has won 2 sec titles and has nearly 100 wins in 10 years can’t hold Saban’s water…
Most of the fans who claim that kids should go to bama because of saban over richt will be the first to put a for sale sign in Nick’s yard if they dont win the west the next 2 years.

Kennesaw gator

October 4th, 2011
8:22 am

So he’s considering being a Bulldawg? Well, while he’s in Athens, he better also check out the facilities of the county JAIL, as a stay there seems to be a mandatory part of the UGA experience.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
8:25 am

The kid was a late bloomer and Bama got him an offer first.

It happens

Richt got bashed for offering Brice Ramsey the QB at Camden County because he had never started a game yet he is now rated as a top QB. And you know who was late to offer him? Bama

Just let the kid decide what is best for him.

Macon Dawg

October 4th, 2011
8:25 am

Brandon, if you really want to be a chef one day (women love guys who can cook), then avoid Tuscaloosa at all costs. It’s a dump. Nothing but Sonic, Huddle Houses and hot dog machines at gas stations. McDonalds yellow arches are on the cover of the Tuscaloosa Chamber of commerce guide. BUT in ATHENS, we will take care of you. We have great eateries near the University. After college, we can help you get a job at your choice at any of Atlanta’s world renown restaurants. The world is yours, my friend. Brandon, UGA is calling your name, Richt is calling your name and the state of Georgia is calling your name.

DawginLex

October 4th, 2011
8:26 am

Kennesaw gator idiot

so Florida’s players have never had a run in with the law?

Yeah, that’s what I thought

Just shutup

David

October 4th, 2011
8:27 am

Go to Ga if you want to end up getting busted for underage drinking. Go to Ga if you want it easy and under perform. Go to Ga if you want to lose to Florida every year. Go to Ga if you don’t want to win anything. Go to Ga if you want to get coached by a lazy, body tanned, insincere phony coach. Go to Ga if you want a power ranger uniform.
Bama is only 3 hours away, basically like watching a movie and the food is pretty good. You will have a coach that will treat you like a man. What more do you want?

Brown Dog

October 4th, 2011
8:31 am

Hmmm, another teaser headline until you actually read the story.

Well, at least it gives us something to read until Jordan Jenkins commits — to Alabama — with Alexander and Tomlinson likely to follow.
Next year? Foster is already on board and it’s only a matter of time for Nkemdiche. Two of the top kids in Georgia — and in the country — for 2013 are already locks for Alabama.

Something has to change in Athens. CMR is recruiting against Saban, Chizik, Muschamp, Fisher and Spurrier. These are not reasonable men.

David

October 4th, 2011
8:33 am

Hey Wally I realize you are not the sharpest knife in the drawer. However, Richt waits for Saban to offer because he is poor at evaluating recruits. Not to mention, he is not crazy about hard work.
Saban basically does his evaluation and THEN, Richt offers. It is not brain surgery, just dumb and lazy.
Wally, you can’t be that dull. Kirby seems catch on.

Sturdivant

October 4th, 2011
8:34 am

Go to UGA. Bama makes you wear knee braces and work hard.

Snoop

October 4th, 2011
8:36 am

David- You’re a genius dude.

Brown Dog- uga just hit a home run with its last class. Guess CMR wasnt recruiting against all the coaches you just mentioned (that you seem to have a man crush on) this past year.

Dawg Roll

October 4th, 2011
8:38 am

@MACON DAWG LOLOL TOO FUNNY … The food does suck in T-Town