Varsity Preps

Dre Greenlaw, #12 in Arkansas 25 for 2015

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Most high profile players that come out of Fayetteville High School don’t have to go very far to showcase their talents after their high school career. As a matter of fact, those players only have to go across the street. Dre Greenlaw is becoming one of those high profile players, but due to the fact he does not have an offer from Bret Bielema’s program across the street, he has already committed to the other in-state Division 1 program, Arkansas State. The only issue for the safety prospect there, Jonesboro is across the state, not across the street.

Greenlaw has  a lot of different abilities. He is a playmaker in the return game. He can play down from the free safety position at almost outside linebacker depth. He can line up across tight ends and cover them effectively with speed and physicality. Although Greenlaw is listed as a free safety prospect, to me, Greenlaw is much better suited for the strong safety position in college. He can play run support, which he is a very fundamental, but booming tackler, but has the ability to make plays in coverage as well.  It makes way too much sense to not have a physical player like Greenlaw anywhere but strong safety. If Greenlaw had a bigger frame, he could easily be an outside linebacker prospect. Greenlaw could also be a future prospect in the kick return game.

Like it has been previously mentioned, Greenlaw has committed to Arkansas State, but it appears that Greenlaw hasn’t shut down his recruitment entirely. Since his commitment, Greenlaw has gained offers from schools like Southern Miss, Washington State, and Memphis. Arkansas is still evaluating Greenlaw and could offer him if they see what they are looking for in the safety prospect. Greenlaw did attend the Arkansas Junior Day last Saturday.

The Verdict: Dre Greenlaw has some potential to be a very solid strong safety in the future. He does have some work to do though.  He will need to add weight to his frame to play there which could hinder his now 4.5 speed which is perfect for the strong safety position. Greenlaw will be a good asset in run support and can also snag a few interceptions along the way. Greenlaw’s tenacity and ability to play bigger than he is will speak to coaches and allow them to see the potential in this prospect. I foresee him getting an offer from Arkansas late this summer and will likely redshirt his freshman year.

Pros: Great Tackler, Solid Returner, Physical, Plays Bigger Than Himself

Cons: Step Slow For FS, Almost A Tweener Position Wise, Needs More Weight For SS

Check out Dre’s Hudl page: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1904714/highlights/84544375

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