Greene's WSU visit still resonates

BEFORE A TEMPORARY pause, a recruiting dead period runs from Jan. 12-15, Washington State was out on the recruiting trail. One of their in-home visits late last week was with Kevin Greene, the 6-4, 245 pound defensive end who said following the WSU in-home he was focused in on two -- Washington State and USC. And his November official visit to the Palouse, he said, continues to resonate.

USC leads for Kevin Greene, out of the same Bay Area high school as CougGreat Jason Hill, but a great official visit to the Palouse and a strong recruiting effort by the Washington State coaches has the Cougars going deep in the recruiting process on an athletic defensive end who has only been playing the game two years.

"After taking my trip, there was so much to love up there with Washington State," said Greene, whose mother also came up for the WSU official visit. "The whole family atmosphere there, I really like that a whole lot. You've got the coaches and the new program they're (building), I can definitely see myself buying into it. It's just different there."

GREENE HAS STUDIED closely both the WSU and USC programs, he said, including the respective depth charts.

"As far as Washington State is concerned, they really don't have a lot of defensive ends," said Greene. "A lot of their defensive line is graduating. That's just something that could be open, (if and) when I get up there, it would just depend on how hard I would work at practice.

"(USC), they want me to play their Leo position, which is the stand up defensive end that Clay Matthews plays. And with USC Clay Matthews is leaving so that opens up a lot of things. As far as their 2009 class is concerned, they don't have any defensive end commits so far. From what coach (Nick) Holt told me when he was down there, he had said they were only going after three defensive ends, myself, Devon Kennard and another young man, I'm not sure what his name is, and basically when they told me that, I was like, wow, maybe I can see myself at 'SC."

Greene said Washington, with Holt now with the Huskies, made their play last week.

"Coach Holt, the d-coordinator, he actually called me Wednesday and he had said Washington wants me pretty bad. I basically told him, 'Thank you coach, but no thank you.' I basically have my last two lined up," said Greene.

GREENE, WHO SAID in a article last week he only had a top two, Washington State and USC, said he hasn't completely shut the door on ASU. Greene said how his official visit to USC goes, scheduled for this weekend, will likely play a key role in his decision.

  • On the hardcourt, Greene and Sacred Heart Cathedral beat Bellarmine College Prep, the preseason pick to win the league, this past week, 63-55. Greene had a near double-double in the win, with 12 points and eight boards.

  • Ki-Ki Moore (Ki-Shawna Moore), a 5-8 guard who signed with WSU and June Daugherty this past November, is a good friend of Greene's. He said he watched the Cougs play at Cal last week and Moore was also in attendance.

  • Greene started out this recruiting year virtually unknown, like Jason Hill did. Unlike Hill, however, his recruiting stock skyrocketed soon after his offer from WSU. He's since become one of the more sought prep defensive end prospects in the West. Greene eliminated Oregon and Colorado from consideration in December.

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