Rising Elite 11 QB Prospect Zack Greenlee: Who Is He and Where Is He Going?

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IAugust 23, 2012


If you travel to the central part of California and head to the town of Stockton, there lies a secret. A secret that wants to be let out but something is still keeping it under wraps.

Don't tell anybody, but between you and me, Lincoln High School in Stockton has a very good quarterback and his name is Zack Greenlee.

Shhh, didn't I say not to say anything?

College coaches don't want you to know and the main staff hoping to see Greenlee fly under the radar is Fresno State, because Scout.com says they are Greenlee's only scholarship offer.

But now Wisconsin is getting in the mix as well and a visit has been set for September 14th. 

So just who is Zack Greenlee? Well here is my evaluation of him based on a tape study and my top 10 preseason QB power rankings: 

A 6'2", 190-pounder, Greenlee doesn't wow you much with a big arm, but he has good footwork, pocket presence, accuracy and field vision.

He really is among the best ball-handlers in the country and is not afraid to look the gun in the barrel to deliver the football downfield. This is a QB that you want leading your offense.

His recruitment will heat up this fall. 

Greenlee has an excellent command of his high school offense, is a great leader and excels at getting the football to playmakers around him.

He's in control on the field, sells play-action fakes fantastically and can make decisive reads quickly with the football.

An accurate passer, the knock on him is his average size and arm strength. Didn't we say the same thing about Russell Wilson?

The same Russel Wilson who lit up at NC State and Wisconsin then is now in line to start as a rookie for the Seattle Seahawks?

The Elite 11 QB Finals is the premier event for a high school QB and invites only the best 25 QBs in the country.

Greenlee, who I rank at No. 10 in my QB rankings, was one of the final invites but based on what I saw, he performed like he belonged there from the get go. 

After a junior season that saw him toss for over 2400 yards and 24 TDs while playing with one of the best running backs in the country in USC commit Justin Davis, Greenlee should lead his Lincoln high school team to much success.

That success will no longer keep him a secret but transform him into a hot name on the recruiting trail. Fresno State and Wisconsin probably won't be the only two schools in on the secret for much longer.

Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League. He spent a year evaluating prep prospects & writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS). A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL Draft magazine.