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Paulding athletes shine during offseason
by E. Marcel Pourtout
mpourtout@neighbornewspapers.com
July 23, 2014 05:26 PM | 1876 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout<br>Paulding County High School football player Keith Harison, left, attended national camp in Dallas while Hiram High School football player Jonathan Greenard, right, verbally committed to the University of Louisville.
Staff / E. Marcel Pourtout
Paulding County High School football player Keith Harison, left, attended national camp in Dallas while Hiram High School football player Jonathan Greenard, right, verbally committed to the University of Louisville.
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This offseason, Hiram High School defensive lineman and rising senior Jonathan Greenard verbally committed to attend University of Louisville in fall 2015. The rising senior also fielded offers from Kentucky, Miami of Ohio and Middle Tennessee.

“I actually went to a camp at the University of Kentucky but wanted to see Louisville because of their defensive coordinator Todd Grantham,” Greenard said. “I loved the atmosphere of Louisville and the coaches.”

Grantham previously held the same position at the University of Georgia and enters his first year at Louisville under new head coach Bobby Petrino.

“Coach Grantham came to one of our practices at Hiram during last spring and I recognized him,” said Greenard. “You can’t get better defensive coaching at the position than from coach Grantham. We keep in touch and our relationship is growing stronger.”

Greenard, who stands 6 feet, 4 inches tall, plans to play outside linebacker in Louisville’s 3-4 defensive formation.

“I’m excited to use my talents on the outside to rush the passer and cover offensive players,” said Greenard. “I’m anxious to compete with the top players in the [Atlantic Coast Conference].”

He plans to pursue a degree in physical education while at Louisville to become a coach after college.

Meanwhile, Paulding County High School rising senior Keith Harison participated in the Prime21 camp hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders in Dallas, Texas. The camp took place from June 27 to 29 and brought together 21 defensive backs, 21 receivers and six quarterbacks considered tops at their positions nationwide.

“It was a real good experience seeing how I stacked up with people around the country,” said Harison. “I learned about technique working directly with Deion and other NFL players such as Joe Haden, Ed Reed and Patrick Peterson.”

Hiram and Paulding County open their seasons Aug. 29 with the Hornets traveling to Cedartown while the Patriots host Pepperell. Both squads face each other Sept. 12.



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