2009 Intro: Zach Greene

The emergence of Raleigh (NC) Leesville Road High School has occured with a change to a pass-happy offense and a very good prep quarterback in Thomas Wilson.

The emergence of Raleigh (NC) Leesville Road High School has occured with a change to a pass-happy offense and a very good prep quarterback in Thomas Wilson. Wilson will take his game to Elon next season, but one of his top targets, Zach Greene, will be back in 2008 looking to help the Pride improve on its 13-2 record.

"We try to use Zach as much as possible because he's a special player," said Leesville Road head coach David Green. "He's one of those guys that you want on the field all of the time because he is a great athlete and a fierce competitor.

"We use him all over the field. We play him at in the slot where we can put him in motion for reverses and pitches, he was a major threat at wide receiver, and he really came on for us late in the year at cornerback. Also he's very, very dangerous in the return game."

"The NC State coaches have told me that I'm a three-tool guy," said Greene. "I'm able to play offense, defense, and on special teams. I feel that as the year went on I kept getting better and better on defense and offensively the coaches just try to get the ball in my hands in space where I can make plays and use my speed."

A two-time all-conference selection, Greene is one of the area's top talents. He finished the season with 45 catches for 704 yards and eight touchdowns. He added 110 yards rushing and a score and also returned two kicks for touchdowns. Defensively, Greene tallied 50 tackles and three interceptions from his cornerback position.

"He's a special player."

At 5-foot-10 and 165 pounds, Greene likely projects as a cornerback on the next level, but could play slot receiver and will definitely impact on special teams.

"We did a lot offensively to try to get the ball in his hands," said coach Green. "Defensively Zach is really good in pass coverage and by the end of the year he was strong in run support. He got tougher and tougher the more he was out there. He does a great job. He really played a lot bigger than he is, particularly late in the season and into the playoffs."

Last week, Greene picked up his first scholarship offer, which came from the NC State Wolfpack.

"It was sort of a surprise," he said. "I got the call that the coaches wanted to meet with me last week, but I wasn't quite sure if they would offer right then. I was pretty excited when I heard the news.

"The coaches told me not to rush into it because it was so early in the process. They certainly weren't trying to push anything on me. They want me to take my time and choose whatever school is best for me."

NC State knows all about Greene. He camped with the Wolfpack last spring and ran a blistering 4.4 on grass and in cleats during workouts. Wolfpack offensive coordinator Dana Bible's son, Logan, was the reserve quarterback for the Pride and is expected to start in 2008.

"NC State was his first offer," said coach Green. "I had thought it would probably be coming at some point. I figured somewhere here in the offseason he'd start getting his offers, and I know he really impressed NC State at their camp last summer.

"They were real high on him coming out of that camp and of course they've seen him play during the season with coach Bible's son being here. He's had an opportunity to see what Zach can do in football games."

However, Greene has yet to send out film to any other colleges, and therefore the recruiting process hasn't really began for him. Thus far, NC State has received film and he dropped off tape at a scouting combine last season, but no other colleges have received clips. He is hearing from some programs, and that should pick up once they view his game footage.

"I've been hearing from Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Auburn, Duke, and South Carolina," he said. "I'm just now starting to send out my film, but I'm planning on going to some camps this year. I want to get some more exposure and see where it goes."

"We've got film requests thus far from Notre Dame, Duke, and Stanford... those kind of schools," added coach Green. "Zach gets mail on a daily basis from schools like North Carolina, Purdue, Vanderbilt.

"I'm not ready to put
a leader out there."

"He's a very mature young man, and he's very bright. He's going to pick out the few schools he's really interested in attending, and he'll do the Junior Days with those schools."

Greene has major ties to NC State. His father, Dwayne, played safety and kick returner for the Wolfpack in the early 1980s, and Zach's mother is also an alum.

"My mother and father went there so I've definitely got some family ties," said Green. "Growing up in Raleigh I've been exposed to NC State all of my life so I know what they are about. I like coach O'Brien and the coaching staff. I like the way they run things over there and the kind of people they are bringing in to run his system. He's really into character guys and a part of his plan is to win a national championship."

Greene intends on sending out film, attending camps and combines, visiting programs that he is interested in, and evaluating his options before reaching a decision. Does he have a timeframe for making a verbal commitment?

"I've talked with my family, and I think they are probably wanting me to get it over with right before my senior season starts," he said. "That way I can focus on my season and all of my academics.

"I'm not ready to put a leader out there, but [NC] State is up at the top."

Greene projects as a full qualifier as he carries a 3.8 GPA.


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