As part of an in-state defensive back class that is absolutely loaded, Arlington Bowie cornerback JaQualyn Greene is a hidden gem. Unlike many in attendance, Greene’s offer list doesn’t yet feature household names and prominent Power 5 programs, but make no mistake about it; the three-star product is confident he belongs in the same conversation as the Anthony Cooks and Jalen Greens of the world.
“To be honest, I think I’m the best corner in the state so I want to back that up today,” Greene told Burnt Orange Nation of what he wanted to prove at the Nike The Opening camp in Houston.
Moments later, as footwork and change of direction drills got underway, Greene made it a point to line up with the first unit and compete with Anthony Cook and Jalen Green, among others — Cook was the Alpha Dog, but there was very little distinction between Greene and others in the first unit during the reps I watched.
As things transitioned to competition drills, Greene, a cornerback by nature, dropped back as a safety for many of his reps due to the abundance of cornerback talent on hand and was a standout from that position, as well.
Arlington Bowie DB JaQualyn Greene is very versatile. Was the best safety at today's Houston opening! @TheOpening— Mike Schbrough (@theone_espn) February 4, 2017
With just four offers to date, Greene remains an under-recruited prospect with upside and more than enough competitiveness to survive at the next level. The current staff in Austin offered Greene while at Houston, as have SMU, Tulane and Tulsa.
“It’s pretty smooth,” Greene said of his recruitment at the moment. “I’ve got a couple schools talking to me daily.”
Greene told BON that TCU, Penn State, Houston, Duke, SMU and UTSA are staying in constant contact, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few more offers trickle in throughout the spring as Greene attends junior days.
To that end, Greene said that Longhorns quality control assistant and former safety star Michael Huff reached out with an invitation to Texas’ junior day on Feb. 25, though he’s unsure if he’ll be able to attend yet. Greene was also at Texas’ Under The Lights camp last summer and unofficially visited the Forty Acres Sept. 10.
At 5’11, 164 pounds, Greene ranks as the nation’s No. 607 player, No. 59 cornerback and the No. 88 player in Texas, per 247Sports Composite.