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Greene has lots of potential

Gardena (Calif.) Serra has won two difficult contests to open the season and 2014 lefty quarterback Jalen Greene was front and center in both victories.
The junior has thrown for nearly 300 yards with five touchdowns plus he's a more than capable runner which puts him directly in the dual-threat category.
Beating Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame and Long Beach (Calif.) Poly in consecutive weeks is impressive and Greene is looking for even more moving forward.
"I love the gunslinger in him," Serra coach Scott Altenberg said. "He just stands in there.
"The (Long Beach Poly) d-line was great so we had some issues where I felt we could have done some things up front better that we didn't. He stood in there. He has a lot of fortitude in there."
Greene, a 6-foot-1, 186-pound prospect, said at the Asante Trenchmen Academy this summer that Florida and Oregon were showing lots of interest but he has received no offers yet. Some Pac-12 schools have reached out as well.
Altenberg believes time will take care of offers. Because of his accuracy, throwing ability and his threat to escape the pocket and run, the Serra coach believes his quarterback will land offers prior to his senior season.
"He hasn't gotten any offers yet because he's getting the running tag right now and not the passing one," Altenberg said.
"He has a great arm, he's tremendously accurate. When the season is over there will be plenty of offers just from what he can do."
Greene is still learning though.
Sometimes he makes an unnecessarily tough pass. Sometimes time and score isn't considered. But the junior quarterback has an abundance of talent and Altenberg is happy with how Greene is playing so far.
"At the end of the game we're trying to kill the clock and he's checking to passes so I have to be like, 'All right dude come on back,'" Altenberg said. "We're getting there with him. With him in there I feel like we have a lot of opportunities.
"I knew Poly was going to be a lot tougher to deal with. When he got out there he wasn't just going to run around for 20, 30, 78 yards."
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