Mustafa Greene commits to NC State

Based on news from several recruiting outlets, it looks like three-star running back Mustafa Greene(Columbia, SC), has committed to NC State for 2010. The No. 43 running back in the 2010 class according to, 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.

College choice final hurdle for Irmo’s Greene

“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 State of Recruiting in: South Carolina

“The mother of one of N.C. State’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 O’Neal, had been reading a book about sports.

“She loves to tell that story,” Greene said.

It doesn’t quite match the tale of Greene’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) draws closer.

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24 Responses to Mustafa Greene commits to NC State

  1. Wolfy__79 01/28/2010 at 8:26 PM #

    this would be a very nice addition. i guess we’ll see next week!! he looks solid up the middle on this video…

  2. wolfie91 01/28/2010 at 8:30 PM #

    Great addition I think. And Rivals has him as a 4 star.

  3. Wolfy__79 01/28/2010 at 8:45 PM #

    well, some of these games he breaks away and others he gets tracked down… but in almost all of his runs up the middle he’s bouncing around and popping out for a few extra yards. i’m not sure TOB’s type of offense promotes big gashing runs, but a strong inside runner with decent speed is missing in the backfield…

  4. TOBtime 01/28/2010 at 11:34 PM #

    Awesome! Playmakers find ways to make plays and this kid looks like he can do it. Even better is the O-Line he’ll be behind from here on out.

  5. blpack 01/28/2010 at 11:41 PM #

    Welcomed addition. We have filled a lot of areas of need. Any idea if Wilkins is coming back or he is caving to pressure to be baby blue? Any other names on the list or are we about finished? We’ll see next week.

  6. D_Medlin 01/29/2010 at 12:12 AM #

    Wlikins committed to Carolina…I think that one is pretty much done.

  7. 08alum 01/29/2010 at 12:22 AM #

    Looking forward to seeing what Greene can do in red. My only fear is that this, “despite missing six games due to an ankle injury,” is a harbinger of things to come.

  8. Sw0rdf1sh 01/29/2010 at 1:16 AM #

    Glad it came to fruition. Great pickup and let’s all keep positive until next Wednesday until all the LOI’s come flowing in.

    08alum, funny the holes get a (oddly enough) four star RB who hasn’t played his entire senior year due to a hammy injury. At this rate if Greene had committed there this would equate to a six star.

    We wanted/needed this in my opinion much more than Wilkins. Sure he would have been a great get too, but he is what I consider the “Anti-Harrow” or rather the guy who doesn’t have the desire to be in Red and White but moreso the desire to try and be the media darling (which is already coming to an end). With Creecy and Underwood (maybe Palmer?) we look good this year at an already stacked WR position.

    Welcome aboard! Glad to have you running with us Mustafa!

  9. triadwolf 01/29/2010 at 8:52 AM #

    While Rutgers is not exactly Alabama and New Brunswick is a boil on the buttocks of the world, I still find it encouraging that we apparently beat out Schiano for Mustafa. Rutgers has a pretty nice little run going (especially in regard to being a media darling) and Schiano has done an outstanding job bringing Rutgers back from the dead.

  10. gso packbacker 01/29/2010 at 9:40 AM #

    twolf, as a native of North Carolina I am sure you’re familiar with people casting dispersions upon your home state. While I don’t typically tell people where I was born and spent most of my formative years (for good reason apparently 🙂 ), New Brunswick is far from a boil on the buttocks of the world. I’ve lived and traveled many places and I chose to move back to NC, but with a bar on most neighborhood corners, New Brunswick can’t be all that bad either.

    As for Greene, a little more depth can’t hurt given our track record of injuries.

  11. PoppaJohn 01/29/2010 at 9:53 AM #

    #43 best running back?
    Only other scholarship offered by Rutgers?
    Pants fell down?
    Not sure I’m as excited as the rest of you.
    Hopefully TOB’s found another undiscoverd gem, like he’s supposed to be so good at.

  12. Statefan1998 01/29/2010 at 10:53 AM #

    I read that UGA and Alabama offered.

  13. Prowling Woofie 01/29/2010 at 11:27 AM #

    Make sure we issue him a belt…

    Rivals rates him as a 4-Star recruit, which lifts this recruiting class to #25 on their list.

  14. bradleyb123 01/29/2010 at 11:34 AM #

    Only other scholarship offered by Rutgers?

    He narrowed his choices down to us and Rutgers. But he had scholarship offers from several other schools, including one from Alabama, the defending national champions, Tennessee, West Virginia, and South Carolina, among others.

  15. PoppaJohn 01/29/2010 at 12:57 PM #

    A 4-star recuit, not 3-star?
    UA, UGA offered schollys, not just Rutgers.
    He’s getting a belt?
    Okay, sounds like my pessimism was unwarranted. (must be the Carolina game talking)

  16. PoppaJohn 01/29/2010 at 1:01 PM #

    PS – I just saw the Central game will be available on line FOR FREE

  17. Plz2BStateFan 01/29/2010 at 1:10 PM #

    This is a good pickup. I wish someone could do a by-position summary of this class. I see groups of players in certain positions. I dont see the numbers of players for positions spread from freshman to seniors. This makes me think we will never really have consistency throughout the team. What do you guys think are the concerns in the next 2-3 years, where are our holes.

    North Carolina State COMMITTED
    Alabama None Offered
    Clemson None Offered
    Duke None Offered
    Illinois None Offered
    Louisville None Offered
    Maryland None Offered
    Rutgers None Offered 12/5/2009
    South Carolina None Offered
    Syracuse None Offered
    Tennessee None Offered
    West Virginia None Offered

  18. triadwolf 01/29/2010 at 5:46 PM #

    GSO Packbacker – I grew up in NJ and with exception of main st. downtown and the actual campus, New Brunswick was an awful city with a very high crime rate. I had a lot of friends that went to Rutgers and I’ve visited the campus many times (would have gone there if I hadn’t vistied State). My friends always warned me about not leaving campus after dark. Now I have not been there for about 15 years, but it probably hasn’t improved that much. That being said most of NJ is a beautiful state and I’ve always had a little place in my heart for Rutgers football – Guess I’m a sucker for the perpetual red headed step child.

    Boil on the buttocks of the world may have been overstated, but there’s a reason that school has trouble attracting players. NJ is football player factory and almost none of them stay in state. Schiano has done something that no coach has done there in decades.

  19. Primewolf 01/29/2010 at 7:31 PM #

    Looks like a solid inside runner with less than blazing speed. Got caught from behind on a few plays.

  20. Wolfy__79 01/29/2010 at 8:21 PM #

    to win out over shiano and rutgers is a pretty high mark for me, they’ve been running the hell out of the ball the past couple of years. or maybe that was just against unc?? good job in my book.

  21. Wolfy__79 01/29/2010 at 9:08 PM #

    but then again, i don’t know what the current situation is at the other schools, he may have seen a quicker route to the field in Raleigh..

  22. Wolfy__79 01/29/2010 at 9:23 PM #

    “What do you guys think are the concerns in the next 2-3 years, where are our holes.”

    ..we’ve got a pretty young & talented linebacker core and also will be working in some new faces on the d-line as well so we’re somewhat young there too.. that should be in place within 2-3 years. our secondary hasn’t really been stellar so i imagine it will stay young thru this period… til the working combo is in place.

    offensively, we’ve got some decent depth on o-line, should get better in that dept. adding greene is good, we’ve got a long line of rb’s but none really standout. so far, wr is good… unless we lose some to the draft, that position should remain stocked.. we’ve got fullbacks for days. TOB’s got about five kickers lined up thru the next couple of years.

    all in all, i think if there is one thing he’s doing right its filling the holes. improved o-line play and a decent rb, we’re in business. i’d like to see that speedy back that can work with greene.. if he doesn’t have the breakaway speed. then of course we’ve got glennon, he’s got what three years left… he’s not going anywhere until tom lets him go. and the kid qb coming in this year looks promising. i think recruiting is doing well. we’ll have a kickass team this year if the defense has matured…


  23. Wolfy__79 01/29/2010 at 9:45 PM #

    thomas teal coming from marlboro county should be one to watch.. it neighbors my hometown, laurinburg, and they usually are a sc power in football… looks like good stuff for me..

  24. wolfonthehill 01/31/2010 at 8:55 AM #

    North-south runner… I like it. Actually looks a bit like Andre to me… after Andre learned to just stop dancing & hit the hole, that is…

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