College Football Recruiting: Will Zack Greenlee Choose Playing Time or Sunshine?

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In the sweepstakes for Stockton California quarterback Zack Greenlee, there are a good number of programs that have thrown their name into the hat. Two schools that are standing out in the competition are the Fresno State Bulldogs and the UCLA Bruins.

The Dogs have already given the three star rated QB a scholarship offer. While head coach Tim DeRuyter has the Dogs off to a solid start to the 2012 season, there is much uncertainty for a team that lives in the Mountain West Conference.

As for the Bruins, the life in the sunny Pac-12 couldn’t be much better. With a brand new conference network, quality programs in each division, and a chance to compete against top 25 teams nearly every week, the sell isn’t too difficult.

Playing home games in the legendary Rose Bowl set in sunny Pasadena, UCLA is an attractive option. While the chance to wear baby blue and gold on Saturday is sure to give a Californian teenager goose bumps, there is a downside.

Current UCLA redshirt freshman QB Brett Hundley has been performing at years beyond his age. Fresno State has a stud signal-caller in Derek Carr who is a junior with the ability to leave for the NFL draft, or at worst, be around for only one more year.

The Elite 11 QB had an unofficial visit to UCLA earlier this month. Where Greenlee decides to spend his collegiate career carries a number of variables. Right now it appears two programs have already made their case for playing time or sunshine.

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James Gomez is a Pac-12 and Mountain West columnist for Rant Sports and member of the Football Writers Association of America

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