Recruiting spotlight: Catching up with future Boise State QB Jalen Greene

Jalen Greene’s passing highlights (his running highlights are below)

By Chadd Cripe
© 2013 Idaho Statesman

With the Boise State football team on a bye this week, I thought I’d check in on the Broncos’ recruiting class.

Today: Catching up with QB recruit Jalen Greene.

Thursday: A Q&A with’s Brandon Huffman (and videos of a few other recruits).

Greene (6-foot-3, 194 pounds), who led Serra High in Gardena, Calif., to a state title last year, has Serra at 5-0 this season. His team has a bye this week.

Greene has completed 59.8 percent of his passes with 231.6 passing yards per game, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions. That’s a rating of 188.29 in the college system.

He also leads the team with 425 rushing yards and five touchdowns at 7.3 yards per carry.

“The team is great,” Greene said. “We’re as good as we were last year or even better. We’re 5-0. Last year we were 4-1 going into league.”

QB Jalen Greene

QB Jalen Greene

Greene talks to Boise State quarterbacks coach Jonathan Smith on a weekly basis. The Broncos coaches aren’t able to watch him play this week because of Serra’s bye, so they will come see him in November, Greene said.

He took an unofficial visit to campus earlier this year, before he committed, and is scheduled to make his official visit Oct. 19 for the Nevada game.

“I just want to see everyone in the game experience,” Greene said, “… how it all plays out on Saturday night.”

Greene has watched two Boise State games on TV this season — against Washington and Air Force. He likes what he sees from the offense, which is set up to take advantage of a running quarterback.

“It shows that they’ll allow me to be an athlete and play my game back there,” Greene said.

He plans to enroll in January to compete for the starting job in 2014. The other quarterbacks in the race will be senior-to-be Grant Hedrick, sophomore-to-be Nick Patti and, if his shoulder recovers on schedule, redshirt freshman-to-be Ryan Finley.

Greene is taking nine classes this semester to graduate — six at school and three on his own time.

“It’s tough to balance all these classes and practice,” he said. “If I want to get where I want to get, I have to get it done. … There’s just no time for extra activities.”

Boise State was the only school to offer Greene a scholarship when he accepted in April. Other schools have contacted his high school coach but gotten nowhere, Greene said.

“I let ’em know I’m done,” he said.

Greene looks forward to reuniting with wide receiver recruit Shay Fields in Boise. They played Pop Warner together — when Fields was the quarterback and Greene the receiver.

Greene became a quarterback in ninth grade. He’s still learning — and this year’s lesson focuses on leadership.

“All the fundamental things will come — I’ve been working on them forever,” he said. “I’m trying to make those guys better and progress (as a group) each week. Offensively, we’re kind of getting away from that — that’s on me. I have to do better.”

Here is the story I wrote on Greene when he committed.



— DB Khalil Oliver, 6-1, 185, Rocky Mountain HS
— QB Jalen Greene, 6-3, 194, Serra HS (Los Angeles)
— CB Brandon Lewis, 5-11, 180, Pleasant Grove HS (Elk Grove, Calif.)
— DL Greg Gaines, 6-1, 290, La Habra (Calif.) HS
— TE Dimitri Flowers, 6-3, 225, Churchill HS (San Antonio)
— DL/LB Hawkins Mann, 6-4, 215, Borah HS
— TE Drew Sample, 6-4, 235, Newport (Wash.) HS
— WR Shay Fields, 5-10, 165, St. John Bosco HS (Bellflower, Calif.)
— WR Sean Modster, 5-11, 190, Mission Viejo (Calif.) HS
— OL Jesse Sosebee, 6-5, 300, Edison HS (Huntington Beach, Calif.)
— OL Ryan Griswold, 6-5, 250, Pearland (Texas) HS
— DL/LB Jaylen Johnson, 6-4, 240, Centennial HS (Corona, Calif.)

Notes: Boise State has 14 scholarship seniors on the roster. It also gets three additional scholarships in 2014, the first year without the NCAA penalty since 2010. Add in attrition and grayshirting and the Broncos could sign 20-plus players. The hardest-hit positions are wide receiver (three scholarship seniors) and the offensive line (four). On the other hand, they lose one each at defensive back (a safety), linebacker, defensive tackle, defensive end, tight end and quarterback. And they don’t lose a tailback. I do expect wide receiver A.J. Richardson to join the 2014 class as a grayshirt, but his situation has been a little uncertain from the start because he never signed a letter of intent so I don’t have him on the list.

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Chadd Cripe has spent the past 12 years as the Boise State football beat writer. You can follow him on Twitter @IDS_BroncoBeat.

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