High-SchoolFootball: Zack Greenlee
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
January, 11, 2012
By Mark Tennis | ESPN.com
Alex Gallardo/For ESPNLA.comRunning back Ryan Wolpin tallied 27 touchdowns and rushed for 1,637 yards in 2011 and returns to a stocked Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) offense in 2012.During the offseason, we’ll profile one team each week that looks like a sure bet to be among the best in the nation for next fall.
This week’s team: Santa Margarita (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.).
2011 Season: 13-2, CIF Division I state bowl champion, finished No. 27 in the POWERADE FAB 50.
Projected 2012 Preseason Ranking: Top 15. The Eagles won’t be in front of De La Salle (Concord, Calif.) to start next season since the Spartans have won three straight CIF Open Division state bowl games, but in the preseason rankings are a lock to be No. 2 in California and No. 1 for Southern California.
Team Strengths: Nine starters return on offense with four on defense. Quarterback Johnny Stanton was one of five finalists for the Cal-Hi Sports Mr. Football State Player of the Year honor after passing for 2,439 yards and 13 touchdowns while rushing for 1,528 yards and 25 scores. Also returning will be running back Ryan Wolpin, who piled up 27 touchdowns and rushed for 1,637 yards. A massive offensive line will miss ESPNHS All-American Max Tuerk, but still will have Riley Sorenson (6-5, 315) and Dane Crane (6-3, 295). A sophomore to watch next season could be Riley's younger brother Will Sorenson (6-5, 325). On defense, the top returnee is safety Connor O’Brien, who led the team in interceptions with eight.
Another California team to watch: Lincoln (Stockton, Calif.) didn't make the FAB 50 in 2011, but the Trojans, 11-2 in 2011, could be the team to beat in the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section after finishing as a semifinalist in the 2011 Division I playoffs. They will return perhaps the best running back and quarterback duo in Northern California in Justin Davis and Zack Greenlee. Davis rushed for 2,599 yards and scored 39 touchdowns last season, while Greenlee passed for 2,420 yards with 22 touchdowns and just five interceptions.