June, 14, 2012
By Christopher Parish | ESPN.com
Is Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.) junior quarterback Zack Greenlee the nation’s best quarterback without a scholarship offer?
He’s certainly in the discussion. Rated the nation’s No. 21 pocket passer by ESPN, Greenlee is one of only two QBs in the top 25 without a reported offer from any college. That doesn’t mean there’s not interest -- schools such as Boise State, BYU, Cal, Colorado and UCLA are among those who have reached out to the 6-foot-2, 187-pound signal-caller. But no school has extended an olive branch.
Their loss could soon be some school's gain. Greenlee performed exceptionally well at the Oakland Elite 11 regional, going toe to toe with some of the nation’s best QBs on a blustery day by the bay.
Last season, he and teammate Justin Davis (a USC pledge) helped Lincoln to an 11-2 record. Davis led the team on the ground with 36 touchdowns, but it was far from a one-dimensional offense. Greenlee completed 59.1 percent of his passes for 2,340 yards and 22 scores with just five interceptions.
Maybe the college coaches need to see more. So Greenlee will take his talents to Las Vegas on June 16 for another Elite 11 regional. Until then, we’ll help you get to know this budding young star.
ESPNHS: Between you and Justin Davis, that’s quite a formidable offense. Tell us a little bit about what it’s like to have him in the backfield with you.
Greenlee: It’s a strong tandem. We feed off each other, and teams have to prepare for both of us. They’re fighting to stop the run, so we can come at them through the air, and then when they adjust for that, Justin just pounds it up the middle. It’s nice having him out there, too, because teams have to respect the play-action.
ESPNHS: What are some things you’re working on this summer in preparation for your senior season?
Greenlee: I’m just working to get bigger and stronger and building chemistry with my wide receivers. I was pretty small [as a sophomore], I was maybe 165 or 170, so I’ve been putting on a lot of weight. I’m 190 now and I want to be at least 200 by the time I leave high school.
ESPNHS: Be your biggest critic here. What do you think you need to do to take the next step?
Greenlee: I have to progress as a leader for our team. And I just have to keep working on footwork. As a player, I need to make sure I get all of my reads down and just work on improving on learning to read defenses.
ESPNHS: You had a chance to compete at the Oakland Elite 11 regional. How do you think it went?
Greenlee: I thought it went really well. I got a chance to compete with some of the best QBs in the nation, guys like Max Browne and Cooper Bateman. It was nice to put a face to a name and talk to them. And it was great to compete out there and show the coaches what I can do. I feel like I did really well. It was hard to get used to the wind and battling the elements, but I settled down. I had fun going through the drills.
ESPNHS: What were some things you learned from the coaches while you were there?
Greenlee: They talked a lot about ball placement. Stuff like when I’m dropping back, where to hold the ball. It was a big learning experience for me.
ESPNHS: You’re going to be at the Las Vegas regional. What would it mean to you to get an invite to the finals?
Greenlee: It would mean a lot. I’ve been working hard all summer to get there. That has been my goal since my sophomore year, and I’m looking forward to it. I just have to show the coaches that I can continue to keep competing.
ESPNHS: How’s the recruiting process going?
Greenlee: I’ve talked to quite a few schools, but I haven’t gotten an offer yet. I’m looking to get out to some camps. I’ll be headed to the Fresno State and UNLV camps shortly.
School: Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.)
2011 Team Record: 11-2 (Lost in CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Division I semifinals)
Attempts/Completions: 127-of-215 (59.1 percent)
Passing Yards: 2,340