Green Shines in State Title Game

ardena (Calif.) Serra quarterback Jalen Greene has made big strides in the last year and by the end of the season, the athlete was one of the top signal callers in the state. The talented junior now has a state championship to call his own as well...

Jalen Greene started the year looking more like an athlete than a quarterback. By the end of the year, he was making big throws down the field, staying patient in the pocket and even when he had to scramble, Greene always had his eyes down the field and didn't look to just take off at the first sign of Greene always had a very live arm and can really spin the football. His accuracy has dramatically improved as well as his timing and anticipation. Maybe the biggest area of improvement for Greene is in his decision making and not forcing throws.

"I have worked really hard over the last year, putting in a lot of extra work," Greene said. "Along with our practices at Serra, I work with my uncle every Wednesday and Saturday. We do a ton of work on my feet and getting myself set when I throw, it has really improved my accuracy."

Serra rolled over an overmatched Oakdale (Calif.) squad 42-15 last weekend in the Div II CIF State Championship game. Greene had 246 all-purpose yards and threw for two touchdowns and is definitely a quarterback colleges should watch closely this coming spring.

"This is an amazing feeling," Greene said Saturday following Serra's State Championship Game. "We watched film and knew they would come out and play hard but we thought we matched up well. We're playing our best football of the season right now and we really feel like we can match up with anyone."

On the recruiting front, Greene is still waiting for his first scholarship offer to come in and is planning a busy summer.

"I'm hearing from Northwestern, UCLA, Notre Dame and Nebraska right now," Greene said. "I'm going to try and camp with Notre Dame this summer and will also do the two local camps, USC and UCLA.

"I don't have any favorites right now, I'm just working hard and trying to get better. You can always get better, and I know I have a lot of areas where I can improve. I want to be smarter with the ball and improve my decision making as well as all the physical skills as well."

Greene in a game earlier in the season:

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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