Greene Taking Visits

Because he is on spring break, Raleigh (NC) Leesville Road standout Zach Greene has the time to attend some spring practices. The talented wide receiver has already visited two local programs.

Because he is on spring break, Raleigh (NC) Leesville Road standout Zach Greene has the time to attend some spring practices. The talented wide receiver has already visited two local programs.

"I visited Duke [Tuesday] morning and then State [that] afternoon," said Greene. "At Duke, they have early practices, and I was able to meet the coaches. They are really energetic, and they said they would love to have me there. Coach Cutcliffe said they are committed to turning things around at Duke. As far as an offer, I'm expecting something to come... probably this week."

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.

It appears the Blue Devils want to put the ball in Greene's hands.

"They are looking at me for offense," he said. "That could change in the future, but I talked to the receivers coach, and he said he would love to have the ball in my hands. Right now I think it's more on the offensive side with Duke."

Greene already holds an offer from NC State. What did he think of the Wolfpack's recent spring practice?

"NC State was good," said Greene. "I went over there for practice, and it was the first I've been able to see them. They are very professional. I got to meet all the coaches, and I got to talk with some of the players. They were cool guys.

"I like how they ran practice. It was uptempo, and the coaches did a lot of teaching. They talked with the players until they got it, and it seemed like the players really have a close bond."

NC State plans to take a wait-and-see approach with Greene when it comes to determining a position, should he ink with the Wolfpack.

"I can play either offense or defense."

"They told me it was something they would talk about later down the road," he said. "That is something they like about me... I can play either offense or defense. That's something I guess if I went there it would be decided when I got there."

Leesville Road head coach David Green also likes how his star player contributes on both sides of the football.

"We try to use Zach as much as possible because he's a special player," said coach 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."

Greene will be heading back to NC State in a couple of days and he also plans on visiting an SEC power. Throw in a couple of combines and it will be a busy next few months for him.

"I'm going to NC State's scrimmage on Saturday, and I'm probably going to Duke and NC State's Spring Game," he said. "I'll like to get down to Auburn in the near future because they seem really interested.

"I'm going to the Shrine Bowl Combine April 26th at Apex, and I'm going to the NIKE Camp that is in Chapel Hill. I think that is in May."

Greene remains open and is in no hurry to make a decision.

"NC State, Duke, and Auburn are probably my main three," he stated. "ECU is also showing some pretty heavy interest. In talking with my family, I'd like to make a decision before my season starts so I can focus on the season. I'm not sure how everything will work out so I can't guarantee a set timetable right now."

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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