Nashville, Tenn.--For one of the perennial powerhouse programs in Tennessee it had been a long time coming but last weekend Brentwood Academy finally broke through with a state championship victory over The McCallie School from Chattanooga at Middle Tennessee State University.
One of the key players for Brentwood has been defensive end A.J. Greene. A big and powerful force up front for Coach Carlton Flatt, Greene says it was big to get a victory over McCallie after suffering their only loss to them earlier during the regular season.
"It was nice to have revenge on B.J. Coleman because he was a pretty big factor in the first game," Greene says. "He played a big role in that game and helped them win. The second time we played them he was a big factor but we threw them a couple of loops and they weren't ready for them. That's why I think we won the game. It feels real good to be a state champion."
Greene is a physical defensive line prospect with good size and quickness.
A dominant program in Tennessee in the days of public/private split championships, Brentwood has come up short since the two were combined. In six championship game appearances before Saturday Brentwood had lost all six. That changed with a 37-34 win over McCallie. Greene says he couldn't be happier for everyone involved in the program.
"It means a lot because we had been to the championship six times in the last 10 years and we had lost all six," Greene says. "The seventh time was huge for us to come out and show what BA is all about and continue the tradition Coach Flatt started."
Up to 6-5, 255, Greene is a player that has come on strong for Flatt and Brentwood this season. Finishing the year with 42 tackles and seven sacks on a defense that allowed just 30 total points in the five games leading up to the title showdown with McCallie, Greene's play has several schools looking hard at him as signing day draws nearer. He says that at the moment he's got five schools to choose from.
"It's going pretty good," Greene says. "I'm going to make a decision after I take all my official visits. At this moment I'm looking at Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, Louisville and Marshall. I have offers from all of them."
A high school teammate of current Auburn freshman Mike Berry and playing at a school that has produced several Tiger standouts in recent years including John Vaughn, Kody Bliss and King Dunlap in 2006, Greene says that the history of BA's success at Auburn is something he has to consider.
"When I took a visit there when they played Georgia although they lost it just felt like a great place to be," Greene says. "The stadium is nice and the fans are nice. Most of all I could picture myself being out there on the field.
"Having some players there kind of factors in because if I do commit to Auburn and wind up there I would have someone to talk to my freshman and sophomore years," he adds. "Honestly though if there weren't any Brentwood Academy people there it wouldn't change my choice because it was a nice place to be."
Greene has already set up two official visits for the coming months with Ole Miss on Dec. 1-3 and Mississippi State Jan. 19-21. He says he's in the process of scheduling his remaining visits and will take them all before making his decision.