The Sure Thing

If Alabama football coaches were nervous they didn't show it. Bama coaches waiting for Bobby Greenwood to make a decision last February never pressured him, even though Greenwood took until the day before signing day to choose the Crimson Tide.

Why didn't Bobby Greenwood make an announcement earlier than one day before Signing Day in February? "I made the announcement as soon as I decided," he said. "That's a big decision. I wanted to be right and I'm 100 per cent sure it was the right thing."

Greenwood, who lived in St. Petersburg, Florida, until he was 11, picked Bama over FSU.

"Alabama's coaches never pressured me," he said. "They gave me as much time as I needed to make the decision. But they made all the calls and all the visits they could. It meant a lot to me and my family that Coach Shula was in our home the first day permitted."

Unlike some high school football stars who get tired of the recruiting process, Greenwood said, "I enjoyed recruiting. I know a lot of guys don't like it, but I enjoy talking about football. I'd talk late into the night. The coaches and the recruiting guys learn when it's okay to call."

And he said that Andrew Bone, who covers recruiting for ‘BAMA Magazine and BamaMag.com, "was the best of the recruiting guys."

Greenwood was the 6A Lineman of the Year last year at Prattville High School. He had 128 tackles and 19 sacks for the 13-1 Lions. He had 10 tackles in the 6A State Championship Game against Hoover.

"There's a pipeline from Prattville to The University," Greenwood said. "And it helped with me because Roman Harper and Kyle Tatum (two other former Prattville stars who are now starters at Bama) gave me a lot of good information during recruiting."

Greenwood, 6-6, 255 (up about 10 pounds from when he signed), has been in Tuscaloosa since July. "That six o'clock workout is a wake-up," he said. "But I can tell a big difference. I came in and was sucking wind the first few days. Now I feel like I'm prepared to play."

He said that he had learned a lot about Bama's defensive system from sophomore defensive end Wallace Gilberry. "He was real helpful in showing me schemes and techniques," Greenwood said.

Greenwood doesn't know if he'll be a strong end or a rush end, but is comfortable at either side. "I may get an idea during two-a-days of where they want me," he said.

Greenwood moved from Florida to Prattville when his father, a Drug Enforcement Agent, was transferred. He said he has family in law enforcement and plans to major in criminal justice at The Capstone.


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