While you (and admittedly I) was out weekending, the Cincinnati football program was busy continuing to build the next offensive machine. Jaelen Greene committed to UC on Friday, making the announcement via Twitter early Friday evening.
Greene, who stands at 5-foot-10 and weighs in at 203 pounds accumulated a total of 17 offers before making his commitment. That included one from East Carolina, which, up until last week, was his predicted landing spot by 247Sports. The three-star recruit fooled 247, as UC now has a commitment from the No. 67 running back in the 2017 class and the No. 102 recruit out of Georgia.
Greene is part of a two-headed backfield for Sandy Creek High School in Tyrone, Georgia. Playing for Chip Walker, who has gone 107-187-1 in 10 years with Sandy Creek, Greene rushed for 710 yards and eight touchdowns on 102 carries last Fall. Teammate Marvin Hubbard, who committed to Duke in February, rushed for a team-high 985 yards and 12 scores as well. Its heartening to see that Greene is comfortable working in a shared backfield, as UC has often leaned on a few running backs. In 2015, Hosey Williams (777 yards), Mike Boone (749 yards) and Tion Green (729 yards) all got their turn, marking the third-straight year at least two backs have had at least 500 yards. Granted, injuries have played into that, but being able to share the load is a trait any back that UC's high-powered offense should posses.
Expanding out past the running back position, Greene joins the growing group of the 2017 class, which is offensively heavy at the present with quarterback Desmond Ridder, offensive lineman Blake Yager, athlete Jalen Walker and wide receiver Jordan Merrell in the mix.
According to 247Sports, wide receivers coach Blake Rolan was the primary recruiter for Greene.