Name: Zach Greene
Hometown: Raleigh, North Carolina
High School: Leesville Road High School
Position: Wide Receiver/Cornerback
Notes: 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.
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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."
Earlier this year Greene landed his first offer, as NC State extended a scholarship. Greene 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."
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."
Looking to take his time with his recruitment, Greene is also hearing from Auburn and Duke as he is still sending out film to various colleges. He will be attending a Nike camp, the Adidas Elite Camp, a Shrine Bowl combine, and several team camps later this year.
Scouting Report: "There will likely be few prospects on NC State's board this year any more athletic that Zach Greene. His foot speed, acceleration and change of direction are amazing and Greene routinely squirts through the smallest gaps and then explodes upfield. He is most dangerous in the open field and that is most apparent on special teams. Greene shows great vision and the instincts to find the seams and creases consistently on kickoffs. Another impressive facet when Greene has the ball in his hands are his tremendous reaction time. It seemingly takes a fraction of a second for him to identify a defender's momentum and use a blistering cut to get past him.
"Greene shows solid hands and he obviously thrived with Thomas Wilson heading up the Leesville passing game. He shows the toughness to go across the middle and his speed affords him the opportunity to get himself open regularly.
"All of the attributes that make Greene special on offense and special teams could ultimately make him a super cornerback. At this point he appears more comfortable with the ball in his hands and just being creative. However, his quick feet, speed and reaction time give him all the tools he needs to emerge at defensive back. He will need to add size and time to improve his technique but that will come.
"Overall, Greene is a special athlete with the ability to make eye-popping plays at almost anytime and at a variety of positions." - Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams
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