- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
In a terrific year for California wide receivers, nobody put up the numbers Deontay Greenberry (Fresno, Calif./Washington Union) did. Greenberry surpassed the 2,000-yard mark and hauled in 33 touchdown passes, setting state records in both categories.
“I had set a goal for myself in the summer to try and break some records,” Greenberry said. “I ended up getting the most yards in the state and led the nation in touchdowns.”
Notre Dame always has a goal of prying away some of California’s top players, and they have certainly done it this year, getting verbal commitments from Greenberry, as well as his cousin, Tee Shepard. Because Shepard will enroll early, Greenberry’s recruitment isn’t on the same timeline, but he hasn’t hesitated to state that he will be following Shepard wherever he goes. This past weekend, USC coaches had a chance to make their case in keeping them closer to home, but the players’ commitments to Notre Dame was too strong.
“Me and Tee, ever since we were little, we’ve been talking about going to the same college,” Greenberry said. “He is very bright and will be leaving early, so I’ll be following him to Notre Dame.”
Greenberry said academics played a part for him as well as his cousin.
“The academic success there and the value of the degree,” Greenberry said of what first grabbed his attention. “And of course we’ll be able to go in there and play immediately.”
The cousins took official visits to Arizona State during the season, as well as the more recent trip to USC, but said heading anywhere other than Notre Dame was never really a serious option.
“They (Notre Dame coaches) were a little bit worried when we took the USC visit,” Greenberry said. “But there is nothing for them to worry about. They’re excited to get us out there.”