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Accomplishment Boosts UNC's Interest in RB Jaelen Greene

In a chain reaction, Jaelen Greene's performance at a Nike Opening Regional earned him the camp's RB MVP, which in turn raised UNC's interest.

BUFORD, Ga. --- Despite securing a verbal commitment from Adarius Lemons last week, North Carolina remains in the market for another running back. One such prospect on the staff’s watch list, Jaelen Greene, participated in the most recent Nike Opening Regional and left with the RB MVP.

“I had a good day, but I didn’t expect to win because there was a lot of competition,” Greene said. “There was an Alabama commit [Brian Robinson], a Michigan commit [Kurt Taylor] – all types of commitments out there. There were big-time players out there. I didn’t expect to win, but I knew I had a good day.”

In addition to Robinson and Taylor, the running back group also included fellow four-stars Kylin HillTrey Sermon, and Colin Wilson.

“My strong suit was my one-on-ones,” Greene said. “And we did a blocking drill on the linebackers and I did really well.

“It feels good [to receive the MVP]. I was thrilled that I won.”

Before impressing during position drills, Greene checked in at 5-foot-8 and 207 pounds. The Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek product then proceeded to record a 4.38-second 20-yard pro agility shuttle, a 38-foot kneeling powerball toss, and a 36-inch vertical jump.

Greene was originally introduced to UNC by former teammate/former Tar Heel pledge Korey Banks. Greene was a guest of Banks’s for UNC’s win over Duke last football season.

“I loved it,” Greene said. “North Carolina has a great campus. I loved the game. They have cool coaches. I got to meet Elijah Hood and took a picture with him.”

Just before Signing Day, Banks and UNC parted ways. Greene says he won’t be impacted by that occurrence.

“I can’t really speak on that, because I don’t know what really happened,” Greene said. 

Chris Kapilovic recruits Greene for UNC. According to Greene, contact with Kapilovic has ramped up since Greene won the aforementioned RB MVP.

“He has told me that they’re going to come see me in the spring to evaluate me in person,” Greene said. 

A dozen schools have offered Greene, including Cincinnati, East Carolina, Georgia Southern, Miami (Ohio), Northern Illinois, Troy, Tulane, and Western Michigan.

Whether an evaluate visit results in a scholarship or not, Greene plans to include UNC among his camping stops this summer. East Carolina is another definite destination.

After visiting Michigan State and Western Michigan last week, Greene will travel to Tulane this Saturday. He’s also scheduled to visit East Carolina on April 9.

Greene says he’s favoring Cincinnati and East Carolina. With an offer, UNC will likely vault into the mix.

“It depends on how hard they recruit me,” Greene said.

Sandy Creek, which went 9-3 in 2015, utilized a committee of Greene and Marvin Hubbard to handle rushing duties. Greene ended the season with 710 yards and eight touchdowns on 102 rushes (7-yard average).

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