January 1, 2012

Greene: 100 percent to Alabama

ORLANDO | Georgia coach Mark Richt and his staff made a run at trying to flip Alabama commitment Brandon Greene in recent weeks.

Greene, a Georgia native, even visited Athens for the Bulldogs' Football Gala weekend last month, but after giving it some thought, the three-star offensive tackle has decided to stick with the Crimson Tide and put his recruitment behind him.

"I'm 100 percent to Alabama," Greene said. "I'll be there on June 1, and 'Roll Tide.'

"When I was a kid, I used to always like Alabama. It's just something about their tradition that I cling on to. My mom loves Bama. My whole family loves Bama, so that's where I want to be."

Just days after his last visit to Georgia, two UA assistant coaches stopped by Cedar Grove High School to check on Greene and make sure his commitment was still solid.

Also, Tide defensive line coach Chris Rumph, Greene's main recruiter, has been in frequent contact with 2012 star as of late. Greene says the two have developed a strong relationship since his commitment to Alabama back in March.

"Coach Rumph has been blowing me up," Greene said. "He's just taking that father role in my life, being a great coach and just telling me to keep my head straight. He's been a good coach."

Now that he's sure of where he wants to go, Greene plans to use this week at the Under Armour All-America Game in St. Petersburg, Fla., to try to convince other top prospects to join him at Alabama. Sunday was the first day of practices for both teams.

"It was great, seeing all of the competition," Greene said. "I've got a lot of people I'm trying to convince to come to Alabama. I'm trying to get Jordan Jenkins convinced to come, him and (Eddie) Goldman. I'm trying to get them to come down and win a championship."

On Team Blur, Greene is joined by four fellow Crimson Tide commitments: Dakota Ball, Amari Cooper, Reggie Ragland and Eddie Williams. Rivals100 wide receiver Chris Black, another UA commit, was supposed to be on the team but won't participate because of a hamstring injury.

Both teams took the first day of practice pretty light, as most of the players were adjusting to getting the pads back on and playing football for the first time in over a month.

"I'm just learning plays right now," Greene said. "For everybody, this is our first time in pads since Thanksgiving, so it's basically getting back in the swing of things."

Reach Greg Ostendorf at [email protected]

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