GARDENA, Calif. -- Being the league player of the year as a sophomore at the high school level is impressive. Doing so as a quarterback in one of the toughest leagues in Southern California makes it that much more noteworthy.
For 2014 quarterback Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif./Serra), that honor appears to be the first of many accolades to come.
With early interest from schools like Oregon, Nebraska, Northwestern, UCLA, Arizona State and others, it is obvious he is a special talent.
At 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, Greene already looks college ready. His dual-threat ability will make him one of the more sought after players in the class of 2014.
Watching Chris Leak and Tim Tebow lead the Gators to two BCS National Championships while living in Florida has Greene eyeing the SEC power early in the process.
"I grew up out there and always loved the way they played. Mostly I am a fan of Urban Meyer and the system he runs. He makes it fun for a quarterback," Greene said.
Enter Ohio State, which joins Oregon and Florida as some of the early contenders for Greene's services.
Greene credits his teammates, hard work, versatility and accuracy as the main factors in his success.
"We have a lot of young talent on this team. These guys make it easy for me to do my job," Greene said. "When things break down I feel like I am prepared enough to make a play on the fly."
With two more years of high school ball left and a roster full of Division I prospects, Greene should have his pick of any school he wants by the time his senior season rolls around. For now, he is taking it slow and concentrating on helping his team improve.
"I was the player of the year but we went 8-3 and lost in the first round," Greene said. "Serra had been to back-to-back state title games before last year so we have one goal right now -- to get back to the state championship."
While his focus is on his team, Greene knows he needs to work on his game management and consistency as his career progresses. He has spoken with a number of coaches who have told him as much, including Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich.
"Coach Helfrich is a good guy. He has had a ton of success at Oregon," Greene said. "The way they run their offense is amazing and thinking about playing in a system like that or Urban Meyer's offense gives me a lot of motivation and a lot to think about going forward."