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Greene hopes big season pays off

Jalen Greene had an outstanding junior season and now the lefty dual-threat quarterback from Gardena (Calif.) Serra hopes his recruitment picks up.
The 6-foot-1, 186-pound prospect in the 2014 class said some major programs have already stopped by his high school and he's hoping the offers start pouring in this off-season.
So far, Boise State, Nebraska, Oregon, Notre Dame, Northwestern and UCLA have talked with Greene, who threw for 2,443 yards with 25 touchdowns and also rushed for 1,137 yards and nine scores this season.
"I see a couple schools that have come to our school, I've talked to a few, but no offers yet," Greene said.
"It's a great feeling even to get the interest. This off-season is huge for me. I'm going to enjoy this [state championship] and then get right back out there."
Greene helped lead Serra to a 14-2 season and a state championship victory against Oakdale in recent weeks and he hopes that exposure helps his recruitment as well.
In his junior season, Greene was much more patient and poised running Serra's offense, made fewer mistakes and was a better decision-maker.
Greene credits the coaches and his teammates but he also grew up a lot this season, showed more moxie in the pocket and really finished the year on a strong note.
"There was a lot of film watching, a lot of hard work in practice, coach [Scott] Altenberg guided me a lot and I stayed humble," Greene said.
"I think I control the offense better. I take everything slowly, knowing all the plays, trusting my receivers, trusting the coaching and everybody is behind me 100 percent. It feels great."
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