Four star Andre Greene, one of the top receivers in the nation, had a sense some time ago that North Carolina fits everything he wanted in school, but he took his time to examine the process. The final piece for the Top247 receiver came during an official visit last weekend to Clemson, which allowed him to collect the latest data points before making his decision.
Returning from Death Valley, the standout of the Richmond (Va.) St. Christopher decided for North Carolina. He announced his commitment Wednesday evening live on CBSSports HQ.
“I’m going to UNC,” Greene said. “Ever since I got to UNC, it felt like home. That was my heart. When I first got there, they stretched out the blue carpet so I and my family could walk.”
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Greene is the No. 9-ranked wide receiver and No. 71 overall player in the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He is the third Top 100 player to make the Tar Heels, and 11th (out of 16 engagements) to be rated with at least four stars. It also moves the Tar Heels’ recruiting class up two slots to No. 8 in the team rankings.
“UNC is just the place to be from an educational standpoint,” Greene said. “From a football standpoint, they can develop me and I feel like I can be an effective player early on. The relationships I’ve built, not just with the coaches but with the players already there …”
Tar Heels receivers coach Lonnie Galloway led UNC’s recruitment efforts and played a significant role in Greene’s decision.
“Coach Galloway probably recruited me the hardest of every single coach,” Greene said. “I talk to him every day. He talks to my grandmother every day, my dad, my mom, my uncle. I just feel most wanted at UNC and I feel like he’s developed a lot of great receivers, and not just at UNC. He’s developed Tavon Austin and Kevin White (at West Virginia) and I talked to those guys and they told me nothing but great things about him, so I’m looking forward to being developed by the best. “
Also taking into account Greene’s decision was North Carolina’s academic prowess and alumni ties. He plans to specialize in business.
“That played a huge role,” he said. “I’m going to one of the best private academic schools in Virginia, and UNC is just like it. It’s going to be a great transition from my school to their school. They’re very similar programs. It certainly played a huge role – one of the main business ones. schools / academic schools in the country. “
Greene had many national suitors during his recruitment, but was able to narrow down the list as he entered further into the process. The back of Greene’s recruitment was to announce a final six schools – UNC, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Penn State and Oregon – in mid-August, before concentrating on a trio. He camped and visited Clemson and took official visits to UG and UNC in June. In July, he returned to Clemson and Chapel Hill for cooking events. Greene triggered the fall by participating in the Clemson Georgia defensive slugfest in Charlotte. Despite initial desires to capture many games this season, the UNC Duke bout at Kenan Stadium was the only other game he participated in.
Greene is the seventh member of the North Carolina class who comes from Virginia. He joins a five-star offensive lineman Zach Rice of Lynchburg (Va.) Liberty Christian, a trio of four stars in running back George Pettaway of Suffolk (Va.) Nansemond-Suffolk, receiver Tychaun Chapman of Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown and cornerback Tayon Holloway of Virginia Beach (Va.) Green Run, as well as edge Bryson Jennings of Midlothian (Va.) Clover Hill and offensive lineman Trevyon Green of Chester (Va.) Christian Life.
As a senior in the school of St. Christopher, Greene compiled 35 catches for 676 yards and 13 touchdowns at wide out, and then added two interceptions and two pass breaks on the defensive side of the ball. When he arrives in Chapel Hill next summer, he will be the highest rated width receiver to enroll at UNC in 13 years.