January 23, 2012

Greene: Alabama's my family

Four-star offensive lineman Brandon Greene may be from the state of Georgia, but after spending the weekend at the University of Alabama on his official visit, Tuscaloosa is beginning to feel like home for the Crimson Tide commitment.

"It was good," Greene said. "It wasn't even like a visit. It was like I just went home to family. They weren't really telling me anything new because I already knew everything, and I've already been everywhere. It's just my family now."

On his visit, Greene hung out with a number of current and future Alabama players, including his host Blake Sims, a fellow Georgia native. Greene also did his part to try and lure in one more member to the family, Korren Kirven.

Kirven, a Rivals250 defensive lineman from Lynchburg, Va., was also on his official visit to Alabama over the weekend. He and Greene knew each other already from playing on the same team at the Under Armour All-America Game in Florida earlier this month.

"Me and Korren chilled the whole trip," Greene said. "We got a chance to talk a little bit. I was just basically telling him that if you want to feel at home and want to be loved from a university standpoint, you need to come on and roll with the Tide."

Kirven plans to decide between Alabama, Maryland, Tennessee and Virginia Tech on National Signing Day, Feb. 1.

For Greene, he made his decision last March when he committed to the Crimson Tide. However, pressure from Georgia, the in-state school, and other schools made him second guess that decision.

However, the Cedar Grove High School star said he was 100 percent to Alabama at the Under Armour game, and he remains 100 percent.

"I'm still 100 percent," Greene said. "I talked to Coach (Chris) Rumph, and he was just telling me there's going to be a lot of things said. There's going to be a lot of people mad at me. I'm going to let a lot of people down or whatever, but it doesn't matter as long as I'm happy and as long as my mom and my family's happy.

"I've got so much support, so I'm good. I'm 100 percent. I just realized that I can't make everybody happy, so I have to go with the decision that's good for me, and that's Alabama."

Although Greene is solid to Alabama, UA head coach Nick Saban still plans to make an in-home visit with the 6-foot-6, 280-pound star on Tuesday, just two days after the two visited together in Tuscaloosa.

"Actually, he's coming back to see me Tuesday," Greene said. "You know if Coach Saban says something, you can't say no. If I just saw him on Sunday and spent the weekend with him, and he comes back on Tuesday to sit down with me, that means I've got to be worth something."

Greene plans to have a small ceremony at his school when he signs his letter of intent with Alabama a week from Wednesday.



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