Cougs offer fleet, athletic linebacker

TIME AND TIME again, you'll hear college football coaches say you can never have enough good linebackers -- the multi-dimensional weapons who are big enough to knock heads, swift enough to run sideline to sideline and athletic enough to play in coverage. At Washington State, they also make up the heart of the special teams. WSU has recently offered one in the mold of fleet, athletic playmaker.

Quinton Greenlaw is not overly large, he checks in at a compact 5-11.5 and 205 pounds. But he can really run and is very athletic, so much so he would probably make a good college safety. But most schools, including Washington State, think he has the most upside playing in the box.

"WSU came to my school in May and they called me later on. They had told me they liked my film and that they were probably going to offer, and they did. I got the one from Washington State last week," said Greenlaw.

The Cougs' Mike Walker is running the recruiting point on Greenlaw out of Oxnard's Rio Mesa High, about an hour west of Los Angeles.

"They say I'm a fast linebacker who can get to where the ball is in a hurry. I like to really fly around," said Greenlaw, who recently clocked a 4.47 in the 40.

IN ADDITION to Washington State, Greenlaw's early offers include ones from Ole Miss and Air Force, with the Academy liking him as a running back.

Distance, he said, will not be a factor, and he doesn't anticipate making a decision until after the season, also when he hopes to take the bulk of his official visits.

Ole Miss holds a slight lead, Greenlaw said, in part because his conversations with the UM coaches have appealed to his NFL dreams.

"They had a linebacker who was a first round draft pick and I think they could help make me a much better linebacker. Ole Miss wants me to come for an official visit (Nov. 17) and that might be the only visit I'll take during my season and I'll have the rest after. I don't think I'll commit until after my season.

Greenlaw, who boasts a 500-pound squat, said he has also started hearing more of late from Washington.

AS A JUNIOR, Greenlaw racked up 89 tackles along with three sacks in 2006.

He is also a standout track athlete, running the 400-meters and 4x100 relay. A report in April also noted Greenlaw is an excellent student, with a 3.3 core GPA and having achieved a qualifying score on both the SAT and the ACT.

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