Rocky Mount (NC) linebacker Sherrod Greene suffered a setback of sorts recently when he suffered a freak injury that will keep him out of fall camp and likely the first few games of his senior season.
"I broke my hand when we were lifting weights. My brother dropped a dumb bell. He was doing curls and just dropped it on my hand. I'm going to miss about three games next season. I'm going to miss the workouts getting ready for the season and that's tough because I like to get better but now I have to sit out and watch."
Prior to the injury Greene had an opportunity to visit and workout with several schools and that led to a big offer- one that caught Greene by surprise.
"The visit to Alabama went good. I had got down there the day before for workouts. The next day it was hot and I was the only linebacker out there. I had the fastest 40 times out of the wide receivers and DB's so that was a good thing.
"The next day when I came back I talked to Nick Saban and he was talking about what they liked on my film and that's when they offered. It was a great feeling coming from Nick Saban because he's a top man so it was great. I wasn't expecting it. Coming into high school that was my dream offer and that I was offered by the head coach, that was like a real blessing."
In addition to Alabama, Greene also camped at South Carolina and that has helped the Gamecocks emerge as one of his top schools.
"I had gone to Alabama, then Georgia Tech, Georgia and South Carolina. The South Carolina workout was good, of course. That's really one of the top schools I'm looking at but not the top school. It's a great school and great people to be around and they just make you feel comfortable."
NC State has been a favorite for Greene all along and the Pack wasted no time contacting him after the offer from Alabama.
"They called me the next day (after Alabama offered) and told me to come down there the next day on a visit. They were probably a little nervous about it but I don't really care about how recent the school won a championship. I don't look into that. I look at where I feel like I fit in and feel most comfortable and where I'll get a chance to play. But location doesn't really matter to me because my mom says she's going with me where ever I go so it really isn't a big deal to me where I go."
In addition to Alabama, South Carolina and NC State, Virginia Tech rounds out Greene's top four and explained what he likes about the Hokies.
"The place itself has a lot of mountains so I would have to get used to that as I go on more visits. But it's a good school, great coaches. Coach Fuentes, he's pretty good for him to be a new coach. So I'm looking forward to seeing what they're going to do next year."
Greene said he plans to hold off on making a decision until after his senior season. He hopes to take several official visits prior to selecting a school. He is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 15 inside linebacker in the nation by Scout.com.