Is RU still in the lead for three-star RB?

A three-star running back was listing Rutgers as his favorite, but that may have changed. Find out what the player had to say about an ACC school pushing hard with his recruitment, and whether that school has made up ground. Also, get an update on when he will visit Rutgers, and how his potential high school playoff schedule could impact his visit.

The recruitment of Irmo High (Columbia, S.C.) running back Mustafa Greene is intensifying, with North Carolina State now equal with Rutgers for the services of the three-star prospect.

Greene, who previously listed Rutgers as his favorite, said the Scarlet Knights did nothing to drop in his mind. He added N.C. State's intensified recruitment made the Wolfpack a bigger player.

"They're both really in the picture and really speaking to me a lot,'' Greene said. "I'm going to take my visits and evaluate from there.''

Greene is yet to set the date of his trip to N.C. State.

"I want to see how the whole school is, the academics, how it looks for me coming and playing and talk to coach (Tom) O'Brien and the running backs coach (Jason Swepson),'' Greene said. "They have guaranteed me that if I work hard, that I will be able to play as a freshman.''

Greene will be part of Rutgers' big recruiting weekend Dec. 4-6, providing all things go as planned.

If Irmo, which begins the playoffs Friday against Hillcrest, reaches the state title game, it will kick off the morning of Dec. 5, which is the same day the Scarlet Knights host West Virginia in the regular season finale.

"I will fly up after the game and be able to check things out,'' Greene said. "That will give me a chance to check everything out.''

Not only is Greene hopeful Irmo reaches the title game, but that he can play.

He missed a month earlier this season with a sprained ankle, then aggravated the injury last week, in his first game back.

"I had 10 carries for 130 yards, and my 11 th (carry) went down a few yards from the end zone,'' Greene said. "It's feeling pretty good now. It just tweaked a little bit and swelled up ‘'

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