Based on news from several recruiting outlets, it looksÂ like three-star running backÂ Mustafa Greene(Columbia, SC), has committed to NC State for 2010. The No. 43 running back in the 2010 class according to Scout.com, Greene made his official visit to NC State a couple weeks back.
Greene ran for more than 1,300 yards and finished with 21 touchdowns as a senior despite missing six games due to an ankle injury.
Here’s a highlight tape of Greene from his senior season.
Greene adds much needed depth for the Wolfpack heading into 2010, as 2009 seniors Jamelle Eugene and Toney Baker are now gone. There is little established depth at the position and seems to be no particular pecking order heading into the season.
Brandan Barnes, Curtis Underwood and James Washington will likely enter the spring and fall periods at or near the top of the depth chart, but the experience at the position will go way down in 2010 compared with the last three to four years. Greene, along with JuCo transfer Tobias Palmer, will add more options in the backfield. And with the way injuries have taken a toll on the Wolfpack recently, it is entirely possible someone will miss games during 2010.
Here’s a couple more interesting stories on Green’s recruitment.
“Mustafa Greene has whittled down his picks to Rutgers or N.C. State
This is a day and age when football recruiting is a sport within itself. High school stars are whisked around the country on unofficial and official visits and given rock star status before they set foot on a college campus.
Irmo running back Mustafa Greene’s recruitment went a little bit different than most. After not getting much interest from the two instate BCS conference schools, the Yellow Jackets’ standout took visits to North Carolina State and Rutgers, and those two schools are vying for his services.
Greene thought he had everything figured out until getting visits last week from Rutgers coach Greg Schiano on Wednesday and N.C. State coach Tom O’Brien on Thursday. Now he expects to make a decision sometime before National Signing Day next Wednesday.”
“The mother of one of N.C. Stateâ€™s primary recruiting targets believed it destiny he would be an athlete.
When Irmo (S.C.) High School running back Mustafa Greene was due for birth, his mother, Alice Oâ€™Neal, had been reading a book about sports.
â€œShe loves to tell that story,â€ Greene said.
It doesnâ€™t quite match the tale of Greeneâ€™s first touch of his prep football career; put on varsity as a freshman, Greene took his opening kickoff return 98 yards for a touchdown.
Only at the opposing 30-yard-line, his pants started falling. He had forgotten to wear a belt.”
Stay tuned to SFN for more on NC State football recruiting as National Signing Day (Feb. 3)Â draws closer.