ATHENS — Georgia soccer stays a contender for the companies of Earnest Greene, the No. 1 offensive lineman within the state of California.
Greene advised DawgNation final week he stays in touch UGA offensive graduate assistant Eddie Gordon and nonetheless plans to spit a five-day journey down South between Alabama and Georgia after his June 16 go to to Ohio State.
“Ohio State has recruited me since my freshman yr,” Greene mentioned. “They at all times had an curiosity in me …. preached to me I’m a particular precedence for them, they usually believed in my talent set.”
Kirby Good’s previous two groups have despatched 5 offensive linemen into the NFL draft, two within the first spherical.
“I respect a man just a little bit extra that may stick with a program and battle it out,” Greene mentioned, requested his ideas on NCAA transfers. “However in sure situations, you would perceive it. However apart from that, I consider in staying.”
The Bulldogs have a singular draw to Greene in that his father’s aspect of the household stays in Savannah, a number of hours down the street from Athens.
The Greene household has had Thanksgivings in Georgia, making it a particular journey for Earnest, with reminiscences that return into his childhood.
Georgia is the place his father was born raised and performed his faculty soccer at Savannah State earlier than shifting on to the NFL the place he was a part of the Chargers 1994 Tremendous Bowl workforce as properly as being within the Steelers and Eagles organizations.
Someday between June 23 and June 27 of this month, Greene shall be on the UGA campus to have a look round and be taught if it may need the correct really feel for him.
Greene is rated because the No. 2 inside lineman within the nation by the 247Sports composite, and No. 59 participant within the nation total.
However Georgia supplied him as an offensive sort out, not that Greene would are available in assuming something.
“I do know Coach Gordon and Coach Luke advised me they’re recruiting me at sort out,” Greene mentioned. “However they mentioned they’d need to put the perfect guys on the sphere, so no matter order that will be.”
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Greene hasn’t put a lot thought to it but, as extra of his focus is on discovering the correct match on the subsequent degree and main St. John Bosco to a different nationwide title.
“It’s workforce first,” Greene mentioned. “The recruiting is cool, however you’ll be able to solely go to at least one college, anyway. Coach (Jason) Negro put in me that we’re a brotherhood.”
The large deal at St. John Bosco is to beat Mater Dei, the Braves’ chief competitors within the Trinity League and the producer of present Georgia quarterback JT Daniels and Alabama quarterback Bryce Younger.
Bosco, after all, is the place Clemson quarterback D.J. Uiagalelei received a highschool nationwide title with Greene in 2018.
“It’s the perfect rivalry in highschool soccer, fingers down,” Greene mentioned of the St. John Bosco-Mater Dei conflict, a sentiment backed up by the truth that the 2 colleges personal a share of the final 4 nationwide highschool championships. “We battle with them yearly. We play them two occasions (most) years, in our league and the playoffs.”
The Trinity League has been rated by MaxPreps as the highest highschool soccer league within the nation.
It’s yet another indicator that Greene could be comfy and well-equipped to deal with the SEC’s ferocious rivalries and weekly competitors ought to he discover Georgia or Alabama to his liking on his visits later this month.