Greene Headed Down the Home Stretch

Irmo (SC) tailback Mustafa Greene is one of the top targets still on the Wolfpack recruiting board. He'll be in Raleigh next weekend and we've got the latest on where he stands prior to that trip.

Mustafa Greene is one of the top uncommitted prospects in the Palmetto State and the 6-0, 200-pound running back is still thinking a lot about the Wolfpack.

To be sure, NC State isn't the only school that is still on the mind of Greene. Five schools in all are still in contention for his services, and they all appear to be running neck and neck.

"I'm going to be visiting NC State over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend," Greene told Pack Pride not long ago. "I talked to coach Bridge last week and he wants to get me down there for a visit. I'm looking forward to it because they've been recruiting me hard."

Greene will surely learn a lot about the Pack when he visits Raleigh in just a short while, but he's already impressed with what he knows so far. Most of the time when a prospect sets an official visit to a school it's a good sign that there is genuine interest. It's even easier to get excited about official visits scheduled so close to National Signing Day.

"I think it's a good program," he continued, still talking about NC State. "They showed me some documents about their academics and some information about their school, so I've read a little bit about it. The school seems good and it's a good opportunity for me to play early."

Playing time will be a major factor for Greene. The young man said he would not be against the idea of waiting his turn for one year, but that one year appears to be the most he would be willing to wait before he sees significant playing time.

Though we are coming to the end of the recruiting process, Greene is still thinking about setting up other trips. He has been talking to coaches from Maryland and Georgia, and would like to visit those two schools as well if he can arrange it. He plans on waiting until Signing Day to make his choice public.

"It's pretty much the same schools as before," he said. "I've got it down to five. It's Georgia, Bama, NC State and Rutgers. It was Auburn, too, but I think Maryland is in there now, because Auburn got a big-time back."

Greene is obviously referring to Michael Dyer, one of the top running back prospects in the Class of 2010 that committed to the Tigers not long ago. Will location be a factor? What about the desires of those close to home?

"No, location's not really a factor. I've got a lot of family up north, so it would be an opportunity to go see them. Of course my friends want me to play down here so they can see me, but that's about it."

Greene is rated the No. 43 running back in the nation by

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