Greene to officially visit UW

Dawgman.com was able to confirm Friday morning that Jalen Greene, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound quarterback prospect from Junipero Serra in Gardena, Calif. will officially visit Washington. Greene was previously a Boise State commit, but with Chris Petersen taking the UW head coaching position, things have changed for Greene.

"Coach Petersen was here the other day and (Greene) is going to come up to Washington and see what it's like," Serra Head Coach Scott Altenberg told Dawgman.com. Altenberg added that Greene will be in Seattle to start his official visit Friday night. The Huskies have offered Greene as a quarterback.

"Obviously Jalen was committed to Boise and really liked the Boise staff, and the Boise staff really liked him," said Altenberg. "It's just kind of one of those things. He wasn't sure what was going on because of all the flux with the school he's committed to, so he's going to go up and see what Washington's all about. He's never been there before."

Despite the lack of scholarship offers, the Serra Head Coach said that had more to do with Greene's early verbal commitment to Boise State back in early April. "He committed to Boise early," said Altenberg. "He went up there, he loved it and he committed. After that, we had so many schools, like Big Ten schools, Pac-12 schools - everybody trying to woo him away, saying they never had a chance to recruit him. He stood firm, he's a kid of his word. We weren't entertaining other schools at that point. That's why his recruitment wasn't that hot and heavy."

Now that things have opened up, Altenberg believes Greene is a wanted man. "We have had a lot - Colorado and Fresno and other schools have come in all excited to recruit him," he said. "Before we had tons of Big Ten schools…everybody, even some SEC. Since the move…coaches are good that way. When quarterbacks commit they usually back off. They did that pretty well, so that's why there wasn't a huge recruiting rush. Since that time I think schools are still hesitant to try and come in on him - I know USC and UCLA have said they are going to re-look at him now that he's available. He's going to go up to Washington and see what he thinks.

"He still loves Boise, but the whole staff is gone. It's a hard thing."

Altenberg gushed when asked to give us a sketch of Greene as a player.

"He had a 23-game winning streak here, a tremendous, tremendous football player - great arm, great accuracy, also can run," Altenberg said of his senior QB. "I think he had over 3000 yards passing and over a thousand yards rushing. We play really good competition down here, the best in southern California - so he did it against really good teams. He's a great football player and I think coach Petersen recognized that and obviously wanted him to come up to Seattle.

"The thing about Jalen is - he's a big, thick kid. He's 205, he's a strong runner. He's also got a great arm. He's very smart. I think he's an ideal spread quarterback because he can run it when he has to. But he's a winner and he reminds me a lot of the kid at UCLA - they have very similar games, both big, thick, strong kids that have great arms.

"He's big enough he can sustain hits. He can run when he has to but he's very accurate, and that's the thing you want in a spread situation. If they are going to sell out to stop the run, you need a guy that can hit the seams and do what he's got to do - and Jalen's been very successful at that."

Here is a highlight video of Greene and Serra vs. St. Francis a couple weeks ago - HERE

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