LAS VEGAS - Perhaps no player at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 did more to improve his national stock than Deontay Greenberry, a 6-foot-2, 180-pound wide receiver from Fresno (Calif.) Washington Union who made it look almost too easy at times.
Two plays particularly stand out: Greenberry ran a fade route to the back of the end zone, the ball was lofted up and not only did he jump much higher than the defensive back to bring in the touchdown but he got both feet down before falling out of bounds. It was one of the more spectacular catches of the two-day event.
Maybe his other one was better. Greenberry sprinted toward the end zone and the quarterback chucked the ball with a lot of loft under it so the Washington Union receiver had to hold up to make the catch. He jumped, tipped the ball around the cornerback and then while tiptoeing the sideline came down with it.
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The catch was so spectacular that the referee on that sideline even asked a cameraman close to the action whether the catch was actually made. It was - and Greenberry proved all weekend that his stock should continue to rise.
Greenberry claims early offers from Arizona State and Washington but he hasn't taken any visits yet and really isn't focused on recruiting that much. Other than his offers, Greenberry said he's lost count of how many schools are showing interest.
After his weekend at UNLV, more programs could definitely get involved.
"I haven't been anywhere at all," Greenberry said. "I'm not really focused on that right now. When it comes up, I will schedule some visits but I'm just focused on school right now.
"Those two schools just told me I have an offer there and that's about it. It's pretty much the same thing with all the other schools."
In his junior season, Greenberry finished with 66 receptions for 1,208 yards and eight touchdowns. He also rushed for two scores. On defense, Greenberry had 28 tackles but said every school is recruiting him as a wide receiver.