CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- In addition to leaving a positive impression, Sherrod Greene’s experience during North Carolina’s exclusive junior day in February kick started the narrowing process for the Rocky Mount linebacker.
“Actually, that [visit] improved my feelings [for UNC] a lot,” Greene said. “Now, I’m more interested in UNC than I’ve ever been. I’m narrowing it down, now, to the schools I want to go to.”
Greene, a 6-foot, 210-pounder, remains in the narrowing process and thus hasn’t eliminated any schools from contention. However, he admitted that three have jumped ahead.
“I can say Chapel Hill, [N.C.] State, and Virginia Tech,” Greene said. “It’s just the atmosphere and how the coaches treat you like you’re at home. I’m just comfortable there.”
With the recent additions of California and Maryland, Greene has collected nine offers. He also holds offers from Charlotte, East Carolina, UNC, NC State, Old Dominion, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
UNC’s junior day is the only recruiting trip Greene has taken this offseason, even though NC State and Virginia Tech have urged him to visit for different events (junior days, spring games, etc.). In response, he’s considering making his first ever visit to Blacksburg this weekend.
Greene’s summer travel schedule figures to be much more hectic. In addition to the Nike Opening Finals – which he earned an invitation to with his performance during Sunday’s regional in Charlotte – he plans to return to UNC and NC State. He also will make his inaugural visit to South Carolina.
The aforementioned trips will go a long way in helping Greene make a verbal commitment during his senior year.
The UNC junior day was Greene’s third recruiting trip to Chapel Hill. Previously, he attended a camp and football game. The junior day, though, provided the unique opportunity of watching a UNC-Duke basketball game in person.
“[The junior day] was great,” Greene said. “I knew it was going to be a big crowd and one of the most hype games in college basketball. So, it was a great experience. The coaches were nice.”
In particular, Greene spent a lot of time with Larry Porter, who serves as his primary recruiter.
“He tells me to keep doing well in school, keep my head focused, and just play football,” Greene said.
Prior to February, Greene was last in Chapel Hill in December. In early December, Rocky Mount claimed the NCHSAA 3A Title in Kenan Stadium with a 24-21 overtime win over Belmont (N.C.) South Point. Greene led that team with 154 tackles, including 106 solo stops, 11 TFLs, and five sacks. He also forced two fumbles and scored four offensive touchdowns.