Greene Changes Focus to Recruitment

Irmo (SC) tailback Mustafa Greene capped a stellar high school career with a strong showing in the 2009 Shrine Bowl.

Although Mustafa Greene and South Carolina were defeated by North Carolina in the 2009 Shrine Bowl, the three-star prospect left pleased with the experience.

"It was fun playing in the game," said Greene. "It was a great experience for me."

Greene is considered one of the top running backs in the region, and has rated him the No. 43 tailback in the country. As a senior he rushed for over 1,300 yards and 21 touchdowns playing in a traditional offense.

"We didn't run the Win-T or anything like that at my school," said Greene. "We did a lot of two backs, I-formation sets... I feel like that's a good offense for how I run the ball."

Checking in at 6-foot and 200 pounds, Greene is a punishing back who runs behind his pads. Physical and tough to bring down, he also has a nice burst and can make plays as a receiver out of the backfield.

College coaches certainly like what they've seen from Greene as he has landed scholarship offers from programs such as NC State, Rutgers, Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, and Syracuse among others. With the season over Greene will now turn his attention to his recruitment.

"I've already visited Rutgers," he said. "I now have NC State, Auburn, and Alabama visits in January."

Originally from New Jersey, Rutgers has always been a program on Grenee's list. What did he like about his first official visit?

"Rutgers was great," said Greene. "It was a New Jersey atmosphere, and it's close to home. They really treated me like a son up there."

The Scarlet Knights and Wolfpack are in heavy pursuit of Greene.

"NC State and Rutgers are recruiting me the hardest," he said. "They both are saying I have a chance to play as soon as I get there.

"I think NC State has a strong program. That's a really good situation. With Rutgers, it's close to home."

Greene indicated that he hopes to make a decision close to Signing Day.

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