February 24, 2010

Florida wideout considering Bulldogs

Wide receiver Reshad Greene admits he grew up a fan of the Florida Gators.

But that's not keeping him from giving Georgia some serious consideration when it comes to picking his college home.

"Georgia is a great program, it has a lot of great players and they send players to the NFL," Greene said in telephone interview with UGASports. "They run a pro-style offense. It's a good place to play football."

Although he's about to enter his second season with Florida prep powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas where he caught 31 passes for 510 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Greene is no stranger when it comes to the state of Georgia.

The 6-foot, 175-pound speedster recently transferred from Albany's Westover High, where he starred both on the football field and on the track.

Just last May, Greene finished third at the Georgia State Olympics in the Class AAA 400-meter dash with a time of 48.270, besting his state qualifying time of 48.7.

That's where Bulldog coaches first saw him in person, although it wasn't until recently receiving an offer from Georgia that Greene realized they were still interested in him at all.

"Basically they (coaches) told me it was no-brainer and things like that," Greene said of a conversation with Bulldog offensive coordinator Mike Bobo. "At first I had thought they had forgotten about me, but my old high school coach has a good relationship with Coach Bobo and he ended up giving him my number."

It didn't take Bobo long to get in touch, as he offered Greene a scholarship two weeks ago, joining Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, Illinois, North Carolina and Wake Forest as schools which have done so thus far.

"We (he and Bobo) had conversations about the program and some of the players that been through there, and players that are currently there," Greene said. "(Georgia) throws the ball a lot and that's sparked my interest."

Although Greene has not narrowed his list of choices, he plans on visiting the Athens campus in the near future.

"Definitely," Greene said. "I'm going to get up there as soon as possible."
In the meantime, Greene - one of five receivers with offers from the Bulldogs - plans on taking advantage of his season at powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas, where his position coach is none other than former NFL great Chris Carter.

"It's been a great experience," Greene said. "(Carter) is a very good coach. He not only helps us with the basics, but also things that help us in the long run."

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