After his run with the St John Bosco Braves football team, freshman offensive lineman Earnest Greene III signed with the University of Georgia Bulldogs. He chose Georgia because he wanted to cultivate his skills while competing on a high level.
“I wanted to go to a school that developed offensive lineman,” he said. “When UGA offered me, they had put Isaiah Wilson in the first round, Andrew Thomas was the fourth pick, now you notice all the talent that we got in the room now so I just wanted to be around that.”
As a senior, he helped the Braves reach the CIF Southern Section Division I Semifinals. During his sophomore year at St John Bosco, Greene III helped the team reach the CIF State Championship.
“Growing up, I always knew I was gonna go to Bosco, so just watching them, the legacy that they had growing up and just being able to fulfill it,” he said. “The way the game happened, we were down 28-5 in the second quarter and to come back. Some say it was one of the better games in the CIF Southern Section.”
As he transitioned into college life in Athens Georgia, the offensive linemen on the team welcomed him.
“I first came in kind of to myself but it’s a whole bunch of good guys in the room,” Green III said. “It all started with the workouts just like knowing what to expect and everything, they all just take you under your wing.”
A proud achievement for Greene III was when he earned a 3.0 GPA in his second semester of college.
“That was one of my biggest accomplishments, my first season in college football in the season-type structure,” Greene III said. “Just to be able to maintain my grades is a big moment for me.”
Greene III explained how Georgia had resources that helped him succeed in his academic career.
“We have a great support staff here … we have tutoring, mentoring, study hall sessions,” he said. “They help you acclimate everything so you can stay on top of all your school stuff.”
His favorite class was an African Studies class he took last spring.
“I remember learning about some of the foods or some of the culture and dances and some of the different places out there,” Greene III said. “That was my biggest thing, how they communicate and stuff like that with their dances.”
As the Bulldogs went on their undefeated National Championship run, Greene III was sidelined after having back surgery. Returning to Los Angeles for the CFP National Championship was a Blessing, according to Greene.
“I can find myself sometimes just staring out the window on the buses just looking around reminiscing,” Greene III said. “We were just practicing at El Camino [College] … I just think about the eighth grade Pop Warner practices I had there.”