Keyante Greene: After trying to commit to UGA, RB pledges to UCLA

RB Keyante Green, who tried to commit to UGA a couple of weeks ago, has pledged to UCLA.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound junior running back from Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy, picked UCLA over UGA, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Green said that Jim Mora, the ex-Atlanta Falcons coach who is now in charge at UCLA, was a deciding factor in committing to the Bruins.

Ex-Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora signed two seniors from the Atlanta area earlier this month, and has two junior commitments already from the area (UCLA SID)

Ex-Atlanta Falcons coach Jim Mora signed two seniors from the Atlanta area earlier this month, and has two junior commitments already from the area (UCLA photo)

“I believe in Coach Mora,” Green told the AJC. “Coach Mora is a really good guy with a lot of NFL experience. I remember when he was coach of the Falcons and winning playoff games. I want to play for a guy like him. I haven’t visited UCLA yet but I could see myself playing for him. He told me he wanted me to be a Bruin.”

Green was offered by UCLA during a long conversation with Mora on Sunday. The Bruins signed two seniors from the Atlanta area earlier this month, and now have junior commitments from one of the state’s top quarterbacks (Lassiter’s Eddie Printz) and running backs (Green). Printz and Green know each other from December’s RisingSeniors.com game, and Printz recommended that UCLA’s coaches study Green’s film.

“Coach Mora is a guy I trust,” Green said. “He went through his whole UCLA plan with me over the phone, how everything is going to be there. He told me he was looking for a few Georgia guys that were willing to work, and he wanted to me. I committed on Sunday, and then went ahead and made it public [Wednesday].”

What about UGA? Green said he was offered by the Bulldogs two years ago as a freshman and called a couple of weeks ago to commit to UGA. “They told my coach that they couldn’t honor my commitment because they had Derrick Henry out of Yulee, Fla., and that they could sign only one running back for the 2013 class. They said they could only sign one because they weren’t expecting to get two out of North Carolina for 2012 (Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley). They are only going to sign one for 2013, so they weren’t able to take me.”

How did Green feel about UGA’s response when he tried to commit? “I mean, it’s not their fault. They already had two guys signed and another junior committed with Derrick Henry. I guess it wasn’t meant to be. It’s no big deal.”

RB Keyante Greene (AJC)

RB Keyante Greene (AJC)

What about Georgia Tech? “It was too close to the house. I could’ve seen myself playing there. Everything was great about Georgia Tech with the coaches, the football program and the academics. It was just too close to the house.”

This past season, Green rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns while leading ECLA to the Class A semifinals. Green, who missed five games with an injury, also played defense and finished with 104 tackles, including 21 for losses and 6 sacks.

Note: Derrick Henry is expected to enroll early, and may be counted backwards toward UGA’s 2012 class, leaving open the possibility of signing Alvin Kamara or another RB target  for 2013. We’ll have to see how this all unfolds.

RELATED: Newnan safety Tray Matthews, who is committed to UGA, gave a jolt to some Bulldog fans on Wednesday night when he said on Twitter “My dad wants to go check out Alabama.” Matthews narrowly committed to UGA over Alabama last summer

BIG NEWS FOR UGA: Reuben Foster, who is ranked as the nation’s No. 2 overall prospect and is committed to Alabama, told the AJC that he plans to attend UGA’s Junior Day on Saturday. Foster is also involved in a controversy after his coach’s firing.

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277 comments Add your comment

DawgVille

February 22nd, 2012
8:49 pm

The dogs got better RBs—mora’s desperate at ucla to get anyone from the south, since USC gets all the talent out west.

FLADAWG

February 22nd, 2012
8:50 pm

Good luck, I’m sure you will have a great career there

Bama #15

February 22nd, 2012
8:55 pm

It’s a shame that Mark Richt lied to the kid, and it will be proven when Alvin Kamara commits to UGA. He’s a running back, too, and UGA will take him. I’m sick of all the mutt fans thinking Richt is this perfect Christian who can do no wrong.

north ga dawg

February 22nd, 2012
8:55 pm

Uga could have pulled a saban take his commitment until they find someone better then let him go

The Grinch

February 22nd, 2012
8:55 pm

Let the Richt naysayers begin bashing somehow…. :roll:

Vinning Dawgs

February 22nd, 2012
8:56 pm

First. Hey they where being honest. Kudos Coach Richt.

The Grinch

February 22nd, 2012
8:57 pm

Oh yeah, let’s keep in mind that the kid was offered 2 years ago and just now decided to commit. Sort of a lesson in first come – first served.

Blackoutanyone?

February 22nd, 2012
8:59 pm

So… Richt pulled his offer? nice lol that was for the grinch.

DawgRI

February 22nd, 2012
9:01 pm

Maybe Nick Saban only mailed him 104 letters in one day.

Landmark Christian Dad

February 22nd, 2012
9:03 pm

Two years ago the kid was 15 years old. Lighten up folks. My son plays for Landmark Christian – which is ECLA’S biggest rival. I have never heard a negative thing said about this kid by anyone. He’s a great kid, a very talented kid and will do great things in college.

Let’s just all wish him the best…

The Grinch

February 22nd, 2012
9:06 pm

Blackoutanyone?
February 22nd, 2012
8:59 pm

Let me use Mulligan U speak so you’ll understand……maybe UGA offered him a gray shirt…….

NorthGABulldawg

February 22nd, 2012
9:07 pm

Blackoutanyone:
I guess you just love to underhandly slap the GA program, but I think that coming from a fan of the Bama program that haphazardly throws out scollys and pulls them at will, I would just be silent. At any rate you should just be enjoying the success that Bama is having right now, who knows what the morrow holds. Go Dawgs and congrats to U.A. on their NC.

Dalton Dawg

February 22nd, 2012
9:07 pm

Well I sure hope Henry stays true to his commitment at this point. Because if he decided to go elsewhere we would be hard pressed late in the game to fill a last minute spot. I already heard we had a silent commitment from another running back. So if this is true it will look bad for Georgia saying they are only taking one running back next year? We all know Henry is the real get for the 2013 class we just have to keep him in the fold. GO DAWGS!

CC

February 22nd, 2012
9:08 pm

Michael, Do you ever write anything positive about the University Of Georgia? I take it you aren’t a DAWG fan?

NorthGABulldawg

February 22nd, 2012
9:09 pm

Want to add kudos’s to Greene for the classy way he handled this, and to Richt for his honesty to the kid.

Blackoutanyone?

February 22nd, 2012
9:13 pm

Mulligan U…lol

blamenick?

February 22nd, 2012
9:15 pm

will ga fans blame this on nick saban somehow?? Hello???

The Bear

February 22nd, 2012
9:16 pm

@Landmark Christian Dad I agree good luck to the young man.

Blackoutanyone?

February 22nd, 2012
9:19 pm

NorthGA…. was just messing with grinch. I have nothing but the utmost respect for CMR and the job he has done at UGA. I’m a big supporter of the initiative to extend his contract. Wonderful man and you all should be grateful you have him. Without CMR you guys would certainly not have that 2011 SEC eastern divison banner. I actually pull for the Dawgs on Saturdays and would love nothing more than to see UGA vs. Bama in the ATL.

Soft Coach, soft schedule

February 22nd, 2012
9:21 pm

Grinch….Coach Softie runs this state…errrr…except when Saban, Mora, Spurrier and Boom are in state. PS Grinch – your breaf stank!

JB

February 22nd, 2012
9:41 pm

Richt vs Saban like comparing ice cream to cough syrup. And we are not worried about “Boom” Florida’s in trouble, they just don’t know it yet. Can’t coach a lick.

Spot On

February 22nd, 2012
9:44 pm

Great young man! UCLA is getting quality players who will build a winning program.
BCS Bowl Game on the horizon for UCLA. Kudos to Coach Mora.

FL Jacket

February 22nd, 2012
9:46 pm

“Too close to the house” for Georgia Tech?

I guess I hope lots of Atlanta kids don’t feel that way, but might explain why we get our fair share out of Alabama.

Mr. SEC's Teacher

February 22nd, 2012
9:46 pm

@ Mr SEC
Don’t comment on what you know nothing about. Idiot.

Now go sit in the corner DUNCE.

slydog

February 22nd, 2012
9:51 pm

“I remember when he was coach of the Falcons and winning playoff games.”

Jim Mora just sold this kid a river of sewage. Anyone who was watching any of those games KNOWS it was all MV7 and nothing else. If Mike Smith had MV7 in his 3 playoff games, he would have at least won 1 out of 3 by now.

Kevin Everett

February 22nd, 2012
9:54 pm

Richt NEVER lied to Keyante – bank on that.

slydog

February 22nd, 2012
10:01 pm

Fact: Jim Mora has the personality and dynamism to recruit kids. He will be a fabulous recruiter. But can he coach them up? I don’t think so. I wonder what those press conferences will look be like when they lose? I wonder how long it will take before he throws one of these kids under the bus? How long will it take before his “dream job” opens back up again? What exactly will be his discipline policy out at UCLA of all places? I hope he does well, but history tells us this will blow up in his face. Jim Mora Jr. is a great salesman. He convinced Arthur Blank to hire him because he was “well-prepared” for the interview, and nothing else. I bet he was well-prepared when he wowed UCLA’s AD. He will get plenty of good players because he can sell sand to a sheik. But his sand ends with too much mud stuck at the bottom of your boots.

Soft Coach, soft schedule

February 22nd, 2012
10:01 pm

Kev, softie offered the kid in 9th grade – then reneged. What is that?

Freehawk

February 22nd, 2012
10:02 pm

Ga Tech should’ve bought him a house further away?

slydog

February 22nd, 2012
10:02 pm

Keyante just saw all that blonde hair and blue eyes and couldn’t contain himself. So who would want to go to Athens and play for a God-fearing man when the Devil in a Blue UCLA Dress looks better and the coach is cooler?…lmao

football fan

February 22nd, 2012
10:07 pm

Sounds like uga selling a river of sewage…one back in 2013…yea right…more like one mord back just not you keyante…good luck to you young man…and nice way to gently blow off old CPJ and that pop warner offends…lol

Alvin Kamara

February 22nd, 2012
10:12 pm

Guesd there is no need for me to go to Athens this weekend since they are only taking one back…let me go see what clemson is talking about

[...] After trying to commit to UGA, RB Keyante Greene pledges to UCLA [...]

BAMA#15 is an IDIOT

February 22nd, 2012
10:14 pm

Do you believe everything you read? OH WAIT, of course you do, you are a idiotic bama fan.
The stories I could tell about your lying coach but who gives a damn.
But I do wonder how many scholarships he pulls this year?
How does it feel to be a sucker #15?

Atlanta

February 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

If these Alabama fans spent more time working on the betterment of thier careers or academic endevours, instead of wasting 100% of thier time on focused on a college extracuricular activity, they might learn that there is a lot more to life and college than a football game.

Isn’t it sad that these people base thier lives and overall mood on the success or failures of a bunch of kids playing a game?

5150 UOAD

February 22nd, 2012
10:29 pm

TRUST and Mora? hahahahaha like Street Walker and Heart of Gold.

The Bear

February 22nd, 2012
10:30 pm

@BAMA#15 is an IDIOT I for one would love to hear the stories you could tell about Alabama’s lying coach! But the fact of the matter is the only stories you could tell would be the ones you dream up, like the Bigfoot stories you told around the campfire at summer camp.
Please feel free to enlighten use with facts not your personal opinion, what you heard at the bar……etc.

Roll Tide if I did not mention it

The Bear

February 22nd, 2012
10:33 pm

Can’t wait to hear the stories! Anybody making a campfire yet

Ghost

February 22nd, 2012
10:33 pm

Georgia already has a back committed, I am sure if another special back would like to come Georgia might reconsider. Its not 2 weeks before signing day, he has plenty of other options.

Check That

February 22nd, 2012
10:36 pm

People People….

Kamara is all Rocky Top.
Going to play with best bud Jason Croom.

Next!

Sven Ottke

February 22nd, 2012
10:51 pm

This will be very interesting. So if Uga pulled his offer because they said they are only taking 1 RB in this class with the Henry kid and then they offer another RB down the line, will the Rev. Richt have lied to this young man. Much to see in the coming year on this one.

[...] After trying to commit to UGA, RB Keyante Greene pledges to UCLA [...]

GTBob

February 22nd, 2012
11:07 pm

So Richt went back on his scholarship offer because he found someone better? Sounds a lot like Saban.

Cdpridg

February 22nd, 2012
11:32 pm

Bob…doesn’t sound like Saban at all…Saban would have accepted his comittment only to drop him just before NSD. You are pretty clueless Bob and definetly do not catch on quickly. I suggest that you do some soul searching….find out who you are…what you like…and find a new hobby. A hobby that you can understand.

Kool like that

February 22nd, 2012
11:36 pm

recruiting is not an exact science people. kids will change their minds and coaches will sour on certain kids. these gym teachers are making millions for themselves and their respective schools. it’s a shark tank and the hunt is on. I only wish the kids would not “commit” so early.

ChadJax

February 22nd, 2012
11:37 pm

I’m sitting back with my popcorn waiting on UGA fans to explain this one.

dewaynedixon

February 22nd, 2012
11:56 pm

NO offense, but UCLA will never do anything in the PAC 12. They can’t even win over the kids in Cali. USC owns Cali. and will continue to. As long as USC an Oregon are winning, UCLA will be lucky to be above 500. UCLA will always be USC’s doormat no matter who they get from the south. Good luck to the kid though and get an education!!!

GTBob

February 22nd, 2012
11:56 pm

Bob…doesn’t sound like Saban at all…Saban would have accepted his comittment only to drop him just before NSD.

So its better to tell him he has an offer and then wait for him to commit and tell him that you lied? That is some good selective morality.

bsg3003

February 23rd, 2012
12:25 am

Bob did you read the article? Richt offered him a scholly years in advance. It even says that he didn’t expect to get two backs out of N.C.

The main difference is that Richt denied this kids commitment before spring practice is even up. Saban had the other kid committed all the way through the season. It wasn’t until 2 weeks before signing day that he told the kid he had no room… See the difference?

Cdpridg

February 23rd, 2012
12:31 am

Bob.is a tech fella…little slow in understanding football in recruiting…..hence the reason Johnson and tech are recruiting juggernauts