Greene signs to run track, play corner at Methodist

 

By Kevin Spradlin
PeeDeePost.com

ROCKINGHAM — Erran Greene wasn’t sure he’d ever be good enough to play college football.

Lucky for him, defensive back coach Eric Gould thought otherwise. Gould was catalyst in Greene’s transition from safety to cornerback in his junior year while a second-string player on the Richmond Raiders variety football squad.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Erran Greene, sitting (center), is joined by his mother, Tracey Greene, friend Jajuan Graham, Raiders track/defensive backs coach Eric Gould and Athletic Director Ricky Young while signing his letter of intent to run and play football for the Methodist University Monarchs.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Erran Greene, sitting (center), is joined by his mother, Tracey Greene, friend Jajuan Graham, Raiders track/defensive backs coach Eric Gould and Athletic Director Ricky Young while signing his letter of intent to run and play football for the Methodist University Monarchs.

In his senior year and beginning this fall as a Monarch at Methodist University in Fayetteville, “it’s my only position,” Greene said.

The 18-year-old Rockingham student-athlete signed his letter of intent to continue his studies and athletic career at the Division III school. The Monarchs play in the USA South Athletic Conference.

Greene was joined in the media center Tuesday afternoon by his mother, Tracey Greene, Gould, Raiders Athletic Director Ricky Young and his friend, Jajuan Graham.

Gould said Green has the athleticism and speed to keep up with the best wideouts. Gould credited Greene with being a smart player, able to anticipate where the play is going to go.

In the classroom, Greene said he plans on studying business and economics. His mother said she made all of her children write down their goals, including career aspirations, when they were in the third grade. Today, Erran Greene will tell you he wants to play the stock market.

At the age of 8, though, that aspiration came out in the words of “I want to be a millionaire.”

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com Erran Greene signs his letter of intent while his friend, Jujuan Graham, shows his support.

Kevin Spradlin | PeeDeePost.com
Erran Greene signs his letter of intent while his friend, Jujuan Graham, shows his support.

Athletically, Greene said he wasn’t particularly thrilled about Methodist’s interest in him. Part of that seemed to be a self-doubt about his ability to compete in collegiate football. But a campus visit to the Fayetteville school convinced him it was where he should continue his education and athletic career.

On the track, Greene feels he’s a pure 400-meter runner — and better at the one-lap distance, though he prefers the 200 dash.

“It’s shorter,” Greene said.

But there’s something special about the relay events, he said. His eyes lit up when describing th lead leg getting out to a good start.

“You gotta chase somebody in front of you,” Greene grinned.

Greene last hit the football field in uniform on Nov. 21. There, he and the Raiders dropped a 28-27 second-round playoff game to Millbrook. Greene said he dislocated his shoulder that game.

Greene is the second member of his family to sign an intent to play collegiate football in as many years. His older brother, Trenton, enrolled at UNC-Pembroke but later withdrew and is now stationed in the Republic of Korea with the U.S. Army.

 

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