By Katherine Dunn, The Baltimore Sun
5:20 PM EST, November 21, 2012
Broadneck All-Metro kicker Adam Greene, who holds the state record for most field goals in a career and kicked a 55-yard field goal last fall, has committed to play football for Maryland.
The senior, who had narrowed his list to Maryland, Navy and Wake Forest, orally committed last week after he was offered a preferred walk-on spot. He said said he made his decision before news broke of Maryland’s impending move to the Big Ten.
Green said the Terrapins coaches told him he has a good chance to earn a merit scholarship based on his 4.45 weighted GPA. He has never gotten anything but an A in high school and said academics drove his decision to go to Maryland. He is considering a career in the booming field of cyber security.
"I was really thinking Maryland gave me a major that suited me best," Greene said. "They just added a cyber security program and I'm leaning toward business and they have a business school that ranks like No. 3 in the nation. The reason for college is about the education and where that can lead me. Football will come and it will go eventually, so really it's about what I can do afterward. Coach [Randy] Edsall has an internship program where he brings in different businesses and companies from around the area and he allows the football players to introduce themselves to them and I love his philosophies. It [will give] me a better career opportunity afterwards."
A starter at Broadneck since his freshman year, he would of course like to get on the field as soon as possible.
"Coach [Andre] Powell, the special teams coach, implied that I would have a great chance of coming in and competing for the starting spot my freshman year," Greene said.
This fall for the No. 15 Bruins (7-3), Greene kicked off the ground instead of using a block and he had a rookie holder, but he was 18-for-22 on extra points, and hit 10 of 17 field goals, including everything from 41 yards or closer. He also put 83.7 percent of his kickoffs in the end zone.
Greene, who will play in the Crab Bowl and the Chesapeake Bowl, holds seven school kicking records and his 55-yard field goal was the longest in Anne Arundel County history. He also said he will try out for the Big 33 all-star game between Maryland and Pennsylvania in June.
He's working with former Ravens kicker Matt Stover to improve his kicking and to prepare for the bowl games and for college.
Greene said he is excited about the move to the Big Ten, but he is even happier to have his college decision behind him.
"It was a huge stress reliever," he said. "When you're trying to make that decision between the different schools, it really gets hung up and you're constantly under stress choosing which one's the right one and if you made the right decision. Matt told me the really important thing is when you choose, you choose it and you don't look back, you don't second guess your decision, so I really thought Maryland was the right path."
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