Greco Leaving NCS Football

The N&O has reported this morning that the rumors that have been circulated for a few weeks are true – backup quarterback Mike Greco is leaving NC State and is transferring to Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS.

Greco, a 6-foot-3, 220-pound left-hander from Lighthouse Point, Fla., was redshirted as a freshman last season. Greco had a 60-yard touchdown pass and 60-yard scoring run in the Pack’s spring scrimmage in April, but was expected to enter preseason drills behind junior starter Marcus Stone and competing for the backup position with sophomore Daniel Evans and incoming freshman Justin Burke.

“Mike has nothing but good things to say about N.C. State and the coaching staff,” Hatten said. “He just had a feeling he may not be in the mix at quarterback and there had been talk of moving him to another position.

First, a hearty good luck to Mike in his future endeavors.

Greco’s overall athleticism was impressive, but his passing ability needs some developing. Make no mistake that his presence in the program would have been nothing but a positive…but, let’s be real honest here about this situation — as long as Marcus Stone AND Daniel Evans don’t get hurt this season, Greco’s departure probably will never truly impact NC State football.

Greco is leaving because he wants the opportunity to play more at quarterback – an opportunity that he doesn’t feel exists in Raleigh among the following depth chart:

Marcus Stone, RS-Jr
Daniel Evans, RS-So
Mike Greco, RS-Fr

Justin Burke, Fr

The goal is to redshirt the highly recruited Justin Burke to prepare him to take over as the future of the program. After this season, Greco would have potentially fallen to 4th on the depth chart for his Sophomore campaign, and would have run the risk that he would have remained down there in future years if you project future talent committing to the program that is consistent with the kind of high school talent that is reportedly (in this offseason) intrigued by Marc Trestman.

Therefore, as long as Stone and Evans avoided injury this year, Greco would have realistically never seen the field here. That doesn’t make him a bad football player, but his timing compared to Stone, the under-appreciated Evans, and Burke just doesn’t match-up in his favor.

As long as he is leaving the program in good academic standing (and not hurting our APR), then he probably did the best thing for all parties in the long run., but I selfishly wish that he would stayed one more season as insurance to help insulate Burke from burning his red-shirt if Stone and Evans get hurt this season.

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11 Responses to Greco Leaving NCS Football

  1. Dan 06/23/2006 at 9:06 AM #

    Tough situation for Greco. He has the chops to play QB even if it has to be at I-AA. He has to deal with Trestman coming in and recruiting his QB in Burke.

    I hope for his sake that he gets his shot at QB does well.

  2. RickJ 06/23/2006 at 9:30 AM #

    “As long as he is leaving the program in good academic standing (and not hurting our APR)�

    I wish I knew more about the workings of the APR. I remember reading that there was a component regarding transfers and leaving early for the NFL & NBA that as long as they left in good academic standing there was some kind of relief. Theoretically – could a team have every recruit in four year period transfer in good academic standing and have a 0% graduation rate and keep at least a 925 APR?

  3. vtpackfan 06/23/2006 at 9:44 AM #

    It’s kind of unfortunate. Iwas hoping he and Burke would develop here at the same time due to the fact that the more reps the two southpaws took, the more natural it would become for the whole team. I hope Burke is good real soon, because this leaves us dangerously thin at a position we have not had much to cheer about lately. Did Chuck ask everyone “if there is one posistion other then what we recruited you as that you really wanted to play, what would it be?”.

  4. BoKnowsNCS71 06/23/2006 at 2:18 PM #

    Rick see APR 101 at this link.

  5. graywolf 06/23/2006 at 2:26 PM #

    This is not good. Greco according to local high school football coaches was the best thing going at NC State. I respect the views of the above coaches because they coached one of the very high profile players now playing for us at State.
    The revolving door policy does not help recruiting except leave a spot for someone else, that will hopefully be a great QB.


    “The best thing going”?

    Can you explain this in further detail?

    Was he going to unseat Marcus Stone this year?

    Was he going to unseat Justin Burke in the future?

  6. marathonman 06/23/2006 at 2:50 PM #

    This is very upsetting….Greco was the lone bright spot at the Spring Game and I was hoping he would push Stone for the starting spot at QB….I think we’re in for a long, frustrating season of watching Stone panic and scramble…..hopefully Amato gives Burke a good look…..

    SFN: Just a question — was Greco playing against the 2nd team defense in the spring game? which defense was Stone playing against?

  7. RickJ 06/23/2006 at 3:02 PM #

    ^Bo – awesome, the Sample APR will take some time to digest but that gives you a good idea of how this works. Basically, every Student Athlete (SA) on a team is given points for each semester based on their academic performance. There are a ton of variables that can take place with the individual SA. Below is one for a mid-year transfer:

    SA enrolls full time, earns eligibility for spring semester, but leaves midyear.

    Eligible + Not Retained = 1
    SA does not enroll spring semester.


    If I am reading this correctly, a transfer does hurt your APR although you get credit for every good academic semester they have achieved up until the time of the transfer. This is certainly a fairer system that just using graduation rates where a SA could do very well academically through his Junior year, transfer and count as a non-graduate for the graduation percentage. With the APR, the school would get positive credit for this SA for every semester up to the transfer.

    Bo – thanks for the help.

  8. Kingfish76 06/24/2006 at 8:09 AM #

    Obviously, Greco didn’t want to try another position which is unfortunate for him and our team because he’ll never be a great QB unless it’s a wishbone offense.

  9. vtpackfan 06/24/2006 at 6:58 PM #

    SFN is right in concluding the unfortunate possible outcome in losing our redshirt option for Burke. There is no way for that to happen now that with one injury he would immediately be thrown into the backup role. From the sounds of the kid he has a good head on his shoulders and we should be grateful that in the event he has to come in he should be ready (not good, but ready). A spin on this may be that the future outcome could be better because of this. Greco’s athleticism made a huge impact with the coach’s, but this may very well put more pressure on Stone to take this job and earn it for his remaining two years. Burke is going to be getting more reps, and from what I know of Daniel Evans is that he is a chip off the old block as far as having a throwing arm. I got a chance to see him play at Broughton and his passes to his twin bro were picture perfect.

  10. brown pelican 06/27/2006 at 1:45 PM #

    evans could win the job from stone this fall—that would have put greco as the odd man out—burke is the qb of the future—with the running game that we should be able to develop—it is not unreasonable to expect that we should be able to build an effective play action passing game as a complement—evans is well suited for this—best of luck to greco—he left iin a classy manner


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