Persistence could pay off with Greene

Earlier in the football season it seemed as if Kevin Greene preferred Arizona over its archrival. Yet, in this case Arizona State was the beneficiary of the always unpredictable world of recruiting as the defensive end will visit the Sun Devils who have positioned themselves to be one of the leaders for Greene's services.

"In the last few weeks Arizona just stopped recruiting me," said the 6-4 245 Kevin Greene. "Arizona State was my very first offer in my junior year. They have been staying on me the whole time with phone calls. I told (ASU's running backs) coach Christian ‘sure – I would love to come for a visit.' I need to set up a date with coach Christian this week."

Greene has never been to Tempe, but from afar he has been impressed with the direction the Sun Devils are heading in. "They have a lot of young talent and a lot of good players," noted Greene. "If I do go there it would be nice to be part of the whole rebuilding process."

The San Francisco Sacred Heart Cathedral standout already visited Washington State and Colorado, and aside from Arizona State he plans to visit USC in January. "I don't know if I can see myself playing in the Big 12," said Greene about Colorado. "I'd like to be in a conference like the Pac-10 where my family and friends can come and see me play a few times a year. We'll see what happens…"

The defensive end mentioned that Oregon is still recruiting him, but because of his basketball schedule he doesn't know if he will visit them. However, the Ducks are scheduled for an in-home visit next month, as are the other schools recruiting him.

When asked about his top suitor, Greene replied: "I'd have to say that USC is leading the pack right now."

Greene's Fightin' Irish finished 8-5, but despite that record they caught fire in the playoffs and ultimately captured their first ever section title. The offensive star of that team was former ASU prospect, running back Dasarte Yarnway, who verbaled to Cal.

The defensive and reported senior season stats of 22 sacks, 45 tackles, and five forced fumbles. "My pad level has really improved this year," said Greene of his skills. "I'm doing a better job using my hands and staying aggressive every snap. Even though I never took off a snap, I need to work on the mental side of football.

"I know that the coaches of the colleges I'm considering can make me a better player."

Greene admitted that playing basketball, the sport he grew up playing, for the Fightin' Irish has been keeping him very busy, and will require him to carefully time his official visits next month, as well as any in-home visits.

Ironically enough, the defensive end indicated that he has great admiration for the Sun Devil program and would love nothing else but to visit ASU while the basketball team hosts some of its Pac-10 foes.

"James Harden is obviously a great player and I'm looking forward to him having a great year," said Greene. "I watched him in high school before he even committed, playing in basketball camps in L.A…he's a great guy."

Greene who's already qualified academically (2.7 GPA, 1470 SAT) stated that education is an aspect he will look at very closely when choosing a school.

"All the schools I visited have the same amount of resources and people that are willing to help student-athletes," he explained." But I think it's also how much you personally want to put into your education is a big part.

"Besides that I'm looking for a good environment, team camaraderie, and good position coaches – just all the little things that will help me make my decision."

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