Tempe Marcos de Niza senior quarterback Nazareth Greer said he will continue his football career at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, where, he said, he’ll have most of his tuition costs covered.
Allegheny is an NCAA Division III school. But Greer, a tremendous student, is picking up academic aide.
Meanwhile, Scottsdale Desert Mountain junior kicker Brayden Narveson said he has given Iowa State a commitment to play football. Narveson said he found an Iowa State coach through Twitter and got in contact with special teams coach Bryan Gasser.
“I impressed them throughout a series of camps,” said Narveson, who shared kicking duties last season with another junior.
Narveson, who only began kicking his sophomore year, made all six of his extra-point tries and nailed his only field goal from 51 yards out. He handled long field goals, kickoffs and punting last season.
Desert Mountain coach David Sedmak said that Narveson “has improved greatly over the last year.” Sedmak said that Narveson will be the full-time kicker next season.
Narveson trains under former NFL kicker Jay Vanderjagt, and is ranked by Chris Sailer Kicking as the No. 8 kicker in the nation in the 2018 class. He is rated No.1 in Arizona by Sailer in that class.
For Greer, it was a long, difficult recruiting journey, despite great academics and a standout three-year varsity career. Greer said his only offers were from NAIA Arizona Christian University and Kentucky Christian. He said junior colleges wanted him.
“I took a visit to Allegheny in the beginning of February and I loved it,” said Greer, 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, who passed for 3,530 yards and 24 touchdowns last season and finished his high school career with 9,953 passing yards and 87 TDs. “It was a nice town, great location with lots of popular surrounding places to visit, such as New York and Pittsburgh.
“They seemed very committed to me and I liked that I wasn’t just one of many options for them. Academically, they’re a great school, too. I’m going to major in neuroscience while I’m there. Once they said that $53,220 of the tuition was covered, I knew that’s where I wanted to go.”
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