Thankful Greenlea Sees Opportunity in Austin

Klein Collins OL Garrett Greenlea...All American

This Friday morning Klein Collins' Garrett Greenlea was named to the Army All-American Bowl, which is played at the AlamoDome in January in San Antonio, Texas. Jackson, who is a verbal commit to Texas, has a few thoughts…

This past Friday, Klein Collins offensive lineman Garrett Greenlea was selected to play in the US Army All American Game. He spoke on what this means.

"It's a huge deal. A lot of guys want to be in the position as I am. I gives thanks every night for an honor like this," Greenlea said. "But I would not be here if it were not for my coaches, my parents and teammates backing me up. Definitely, this is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life."

The 6-foot-7, 285-pound Greenlea feels good about the honor even though he will not be active in the game. The Scout.com five-star lineman suffered a right knee injury this season during a district contest.

But either way, it still goes down as a great moment for him.

"It's a one in a million type thing. I can't really describe the feeling right now," Greenlea said. "Happy, excited, really any emotion that is a good emotion is what I feel right now."

This feeling may be similar to what he felt back in late February when he chose to verbally commit to Texas. He held plenty of offers from programs across the country, but the Longhorns is where he wants to be.

"University of Texas is a winning team. Once you get an offer from such a great school with such prestigious academics and good football, you don't turn that down," Greenlea said. "It's close to home and growing up I always watched the Longhorns play and when the coaches offered I could not turn it down."

For the 2010 season, things have not fared as well as planned for the Longhorn team. Many records were broken that were not favorable ones. Right now, the Texas team sits with a 4-6 record.

And while Greenlea could see this as a negative, he has found the green light within the situation.

"With the struggles going on right now, that just means opportunity for us (incoming recruits) I am going to go in there after I am done rehabbing and I am going to give it all I got," Greenlea said. "I want to show that I deserve to be out there."

Greenlea said that he looks to back in full form in March or April after a right knee injury he suffered in the game against Klein Oak.

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