Not only is Springfield Southeast’s 2017 S/ATH Adrian Greene a good football player, he is also an upstanding human off the field. We talked his charity work outside of football, how he leads on and off the field and what schools have shown serious interest in him.
You can find Adrian on Twitter @GreeneAdrian.
Wt: 181 lbs
Commitment status: Undecided
LPI: Now that your senior season is over, what are you going to do to take your game to the next level this offseason?
AG: Right now I am playing basketball so we are in season and hoping to make it to state. We were just 1 game away last year losing to Belleville Altoff. On my off days, I hit the gym and lift to get my strength up so that I can elicit that physical toll on opposing players that I am known for. I also work on footwork to improve my quickness.
LPI: You currently do not have any offers, but are getting looks from colleges. What can you bring to the table for a college football program?
AG: The program that I go to will definitely get a high class individual. They would get someone that will be a great representative for their school and football program. Athletically, they would get a player that is very versatile with a high IQ for the game having played both sides of the ball but not only that they would also get someone that takes their schoolwork seriously. Right now I have around a 3.8 GPA.
LPI: What schools have you been in touch with recently?
AG: I have quite a bit of communication with Western Illinois, Southern Illinois, Murray State, Northern Arizona, Drake, Northwest Missouri State, Truman State, McKendree, University of Indy, Olivet Nazarene and UW-Plattville to name a few.
LPI: On or off the field, how do you demonstrate leadership?
AG: On the field I am a captain of team and the leader of our defense from the Safety position. When our starting QB went down to injury I took that role and became the leader of the offense as well. I finished with 14 total touchdowns the last 5 games of our season. Off the field, twice a semester, I meet with members of our freshmen class and talk with them about grades, behavior, and their futures. I went to our local elementary school and mentored them about the importance of grades and how school comes before anything else. Once a year I volunteer at the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure for breast cancer awareness.
LPI: Tell me about some of your teammates that can play at the next level, but are getting overlooked by college coaches.
Da’Reco Nix – He’s a very physical Corner who has great speed and ball skills. He is also a very shifty running back who has great vision that can stop and cut on a dime.
Mark Johnson – In my opinion he has the best hands in Central Illinois. He’s very strong and has a huge catching radius. If the ball is anywhere near him he will catch it and he goes after the ball aggressively.
Deijour Burns – He’s a 6’3″ Defensive End with a high motor. He led our team in sacks and has a nose for the football.
Donterious Readus – He reminds me of Earl Thomas. He is a guy with no fear and lays big hits on people and has a high IQ of the game.
Tae Smith – Extremely competitive. Physical player who is very versatile He played many positions for us, LB, Corner, and Wide out.