CoachSpeak: Freitas on ND Commit Greenberry

Washington Union High (Fresno, Calif.) coach Jeff Freitas spoke to IrishEyes.com to give Notre Dame fans a scouting report on what the Irish are getting in four-star receiver Deontay Greenberry, who committed Friday.

A big junior season, a strong camp circuit and commitment to the classroom helped turned Washington Union High (Fresno, Calif.) four-star receiver Deontay Greenberry into a hot commodity this spring.

Among the schools to offer Greenberry this spring were Notre Dame, Alabama and Boise State, but he always wanted to be with the Irish, which is why he committed Friday.

So, what are the Irish getting in the ninth member of their 2012 recruiting class.

"He's a play-maker. No. 1, he makes plays," Washington Union coach Jeff Freitas told IrishEyes.com." He's a 4.5 (40-yard dash) kid, he's got a great vertical. If the ball is up in a crowd he's going to go get it. He's extremely competitive, very difficult guy to cover one-on-one. From his physical ability, he really puts a lot of pressure on the other teams.

"He's probably 6-2 ½, close to 6-3, but he's got a good vertical. He's got big, strong hands. He's got kinda of everything you look for in a receiver."

As a junior, the 200-pound Greenberry had 66 catches for 1,208 yards and eight touchdowns. He also made 28 tackles and had an interception while playing safety.

"He's really strong in the upper body," Freitas said. "Most high school kids, receivers come out, they're not real strong upper body. He's real strong. He bench presses what most good linemen will do at the high school level. His ability to block and get off jams and things like that puts him way ahead of the game."

Greenberry isn't considered to be a burner, but his combination of size, strength and speed made him Scout.com's No. 34-rated receiver in the class.

"He's a legit 4.5, and I would think he would be able to get that down," Freitas said. "He runs 4.50 consistently, so I think with a little extra training and stuff, at the next level he would probably be a sub-4.5 guy."

And now that Greenberry's senior season is approaching, his dynamic within the team is starting to form.

"He's a good kid, pretty high character kid," Freitas said. "He has a great rapport with all the kids here on campus. He's really well liked. He's becoming a leader with his team right now. He's starting to recognize he's a senior and things are going to start to fall his way a little bit, and his leadership qualities are really starting to take off.

"He's really picking it up in the classroom. I think that may be what I'm most proud of him. He's really made a major commitment in the classroom the last couple of years. He's really on his way to doing some really good things if he stays the course."

However, Greenberry is not a finished product. Like most high school players, the ability to go hard on every play will have to be learned when he gets to the Notre Dame.

"I think he's going to have o develop consistency every down," Freitas said. "I think a lot of high school kids …he never comes off the field, so if the play is designated to go the other way, he's not going to be 100 percent on his side of the field sometimes.

"And sometimes that is just trying to pace yourself sometimes, but at the next level, you can't do that."


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