No Rush for Bay Area Standout

San Francisco (Calif.) Sacred Heart Prep DE Kevin Greene has played football for just one season. Inexperience did not keep the former basketball standout from picking up four scholarships offers in the spring. Arizona, Cal, and USC are his favorites, while none of them have offered; he is in no rush to make a decision…

Kevin Greene (6-4, 242) is one of those rare players one is lucky to come across. Most high school standouts are anxiously ready to commit to college. Greene is not and says he will make his decision in December.

"It will give me two months to feel comfortable with my decision," said Greene. "I am not a fan of early commits. I need to do more research."

Greene says he is set on a December decision. He has only played football for one season, and wants to get another year under his belt before makes his decision. Despite his inexperience Arizona State, Oregon, Washington State and Colorado have offered.

"It's been all the Pac-10 and Colorado," Greene said of the schools recruiting him.

He says his top three schools are Arizona, California, and USC. He is not worried none of his top schools has offered.

"I need another year of football before a school like Cal or USC to offer," said Greene. "Cal has always been in my top three. They are definitely up. I like the campus, coaches, the team chemistry…"

Greene says he has never been to a football game at Memorial Stadium, but has been to Haas Pavilion numerous times to watch his "brother" DeVon Hardin.

"I call [Hardin] my brother," said Greene. "I've known him since the fifth grade. I've been to a number of [Golden Bear] basketball games [to watch him play]. Justin Forsett wanted me to go to a football game, but I never did. I definitely want to see the Stanford [football] game."

Another former Bear is also close to Greene, but he says none of his confidants is "recruiting" him.

"Leon Powe, who I've known for years, has said Cal is a great school," said Greene. "They all say it's a great school. But say, we will support you in your decision."

Greene says he just finished his summer practice program and has a few days of rest before camp begins August 11.

"Summer practice was at 6 a.m. everyday. I live in Oakland, so I had to get up at 4 a.m. to get to practice," said Greene. "I live about five minutes from Bishop O'Dowd [High School] and I workout there on my own."

Greene says focusing on football after playing basketball his entire life has not been too difficult.

"It's been the one thing people have told me what to do – play football," said Greene. "My junior year, I decided to play. I said ‘how hard can it be.' It wasn't that much of a transition. I have always been a big guy. Having the footwork and conditioning has helped; I'm the last guy to ask for water. If football can give me four years of education, that's great."

"My biggest fault I had last year was I spent too much time up field. I need to wait for the play to develop [this year]. I need to watch the play come to me, go to it."

Greene says he is ready to put the pads on. He is up to 242 lbs. He says he wants to check out a Cal practice in his off week if he can get a hold of the coaches. In the meantime, he is lifting and running to stay in shape.

He took his SAT and ACT. Greene says he needs to improve his SAT score to fulfill the academic requirements of Pac-10 schools. However, he feels more comfortable about his ACT score, which he is awaiting the results. He says Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon have talked about setting up official visits during a bye week before December.

"I haven't talked to Cal about an official," said Greene. "I've kept in contact with [Defensive Coordinator] Coach [Bob] Gregory."

Greene reports a 3.0 GPA.


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