Ohio LB Makes His Pick

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It didn’t take long for Solon (OH) linebacker Steve Greer to know where he wanted to spend the next four or five years of his life. Shortly after returning home from an official visit to the University of Virginia, the 6-2, 218-pound first-team all-Ohio selection verbally committed to Cavaliers head coach Al Groh.

“He committed late last night,” Solon head coach Jim McQuaide told TheSabre.com. “He wanted to share the experience with his mother before making the commitment. He made the visit with his dad, but his mother didn’t make it. After he talked with his mom, he called Coach Groh and told him of his decision.”

Greer, who turned in an excellent senior season, earned a handful of Division 1A scholarship offers but eventually narrowed his list of schools to North Carolina, Oklahoma State and Virginia. He visited all three programs before settling on UVa.

“I think the combination of success in athletics and academics put Virginia over the top,” McQuaide said. “Academically, Virginia is second to none. The coaches have been consistent with him throughout the whole process. He felt comfortable with Coach Groh and his experience and he felt comfortable with the linebackers coach. Steve was impressed with the whole situation.”

Greer manned the Mike linebacker position for Solon and led the team in tackles each of the past two seasons. He racked up 150 tackles in his senior year, and his performance caught the attention of many Division 1A coaches. The UVa staff began to heavily court Greer in the beginning of January.

According to McQuaide, the Virginia coaches view Greer as an inside linebacker.

“He just loves to play,” McQuaide said. “He told me they play Southern Cal in the first game, so there is a lot of work to do. He has been working hard since the season ended. We are proud of him here at Solon and we hope he will do well at Virginia.”

Greer will sign a letter of intent with UVa next Wednesday, which is National Signing Day. The Solon football program is holding a ceremony Wednesday afternoon for its seniors.

Including the two commitments received yesterday, from Greer and Texas quarterback Riko Smalls , Virginia now has 16 verbal commitments for the 2008 recruiting class. UVa is awaiting word from several more targets as well, including Ocean Lakes (Virginia