Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Landing Greene a coup for Duke

Although Raleigh Leesville Road defensive back Zach Greene isn’t the most highly rated player in Duke’s recruiting class, getting him away from N.C. State might have been one of the biggest accomplishments of this recruiting season for the Blue Devils.

Greene’s father, Dwayne Greene, is a former N.C. State player and a member of the Wolfpack Club board of directors.

“That was a big surprise,” said rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell. “Zach was a kid that we were just ticking down the days for him to commit to N.C. State early in the process. And that just shows that this staff for Duke is very young and they’re very aggressive.

“They do a good job of recruiting kids that other schools want. They pulled John Drew away from a commitment to Georgia Tech. They pulled Desmond Scott away from a commitment to Rutgers. But the also are good at getting in on kids early. Walt Canty showed at the Shrine Bowl that he’s probably one of the most underrated players in the country.” - Ken Tysiac