LOI #21: Mustafa Greene

Irmo (SC) running back Mustafa Greene has signed with NC State!

Mustafa Greene
Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: No.45 RB
Size: 6-9, 200 pounds
Hometown: Irmo, SC
High School: Irmo High School

Projected position at NCSU: Tailback

Accolades: Greene was an all-conference and all-region selection. He was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl game held last December.

Stats: As a senior Greene rushed for nearly 1,400 yards and 21 touchdowns despite missing six games witha n ankle injury.

Commit Date: January 27, 2010

Recruiting Scene: NC State has been heavily pursuing Greene for over a year, and the persistence paid off. While most programs ventured into South Carolina looking to land highly-rated Marcus Lattimore, Wolfpack assistant Jim Bridge focused in on Greene even prior to last year's Signing Day.

With scholarship offers on the table from NC State, Rutgers, Georgia, Alabama, and Syracuse among others, Greene narrowed his list to NC State and Rutgers and officially visited both programs.

The Wolfpack landed the final official visit and certainly impressed.

"It was a good experience I'd say," said Greene. "We went to the basketball game and then we were just chilling with the coaches and players. We didn't do too much else besides that.

"My host was Curtis Underwood and me and him clicked. Coach (Tom) O'Brien is a very laid back guy. He's trying to get a good class up there. I think he's a good guy. Their running backs coach (Jason Swepson) has really good experience. He's good at what he does. He seems like he's a good guy, too. All of them are good guys."

Greene verbally committed to NC State a week before Signing Day.

Coach Quote: "I've been coaching running backs for 20 years and Mustafa is definitely the best that I've ever coached. He has great vision and excellent reaction time. He makes a cut and he's already moving downfield on the next cut. He has a lot of God-given talent and ability... things you can't coach.

"He is also a very physical runner. He runs really hard and when he is about to get tackled he gets his shoulders and pads low... you're going to feel it and pay the price when you tackle him." Irmo Running Backs Coach David Pitts

Why NC State? "It was a tough decision but when I listed my pros and cons NC State had more pros. There were a lot of things I liked about NC State. I like the playing time situation at my position, and I like the players on the team. I also like Raleigh and I think NC State will be a great place to go to college. Another thing is I like that they play on grass while Rutgers has turf."

Picked NC State Over: Alabama, Georgia, Rutgers, and Syracuse

Scouting Report: "A one cut downhill runner with great acceleration towards the line of scrimmage and gets behind his pads well to create extra yardage after contact. Vision allows him ability to find a cutback lane, though he is not a wiggler trying to always find ways to get to daylight but rather wants to run North and South. Has the frame to add lower body size to become a power back, though frequently injured in the past and durability is a concern." -- Scout.com

Sr. Highlights: RB #23 -- Video 1 --

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