ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. --- Sherrod Greene added childhood favorite North Carolina to his growing scholarship offer pile last month. It was the sixth school to offer the 6-foot, 210-pound 2017 linebacker from Rocky Mount Senior High.
“Sherrod is fast, has good instincts, aggressive, [and] a good tackler,” Rocky Mount head coach Jason Battle said. “He’s a quiet leader.”
After serving a reserve role as a freshman, Greene became the starting middle linebacker in Rocky Mount’s 4-3 scheme. He finished that season with 88 tackles (42 solo), including seven for a loss and two sacks. He also forced three fumbles and blocked a punt.
“He plays inside for us, but he’s sideline to sideline,” Battle said. “I think where he plays is based on the scheme, because he could play either [inside or outside]. He’s the type of kid that you can coach up and his athleticism will take over.”
Nine games into this season, Greene has surpassed most of his sophomore statistics (81 tackles, including 57 solo, five for a loss, and four sacks).
During a visit to North Carolina for the Tar Heels’ win over Wake Forest, UNC extended Greene his sixth scholarship offer. That day, Larry Porter, who recruits Nash County for UNC, pulled Greene and his mother away from their pregame meal and escorted them to Larry Fedora’s office for a brief meeting.
“[Fedora] said that he really wants me there and I have potential to be a great linebacker,” Greene said. “So he offered me.
“It meant a lot. I kind of grew up liking Carolina. And it’s a bigtime school. The offer is huge.”
Charlotte, East Carolina, NC State, Old Dominion, and Virginia Tech have also offered Greene.
“I don’t really have any favorites right now,” Greene said. “I’m just experiencing the moment right now and taking my time. I’m just trying to see who I feel most comfortable with.”
To find that comfort, Greene is leaning on campus visits. Besides UNC, he has visited East Carolina and NC State. He’s working on scheduling a trip to Virginia Tech, whose staff has come on strong according to Battle.
During the aforementioned UNC visit, Greene was able to envision how he'd fit into Gene Chizik's 4-3 scheme.
“I like how they play physical, because physical is a part of my game,” Greene said. “They execute and make good tackles. I just like how aggressive they are.”
Less than a week later, Battle received a phone call from Fedora.
“That meant a whole lot,” Battle said. “That showed that they’re serious about taking interest in him and we’re just appreciative for it. [Fedora] just called to throw a plug in and tell us 'Good luck' with that week’s ball game. He also wanted to let me know how interested they were and it wasn’t just for show. They could really see Sherrod fitting into the Carolina family.”
Previously, Greene has played basketball for Rocky Mount, but he has decided to give up the sport to focus more on football this offseason. But, he will continue to run track to improve his speed.