Prep football: Lely's L.J. Greenidge signs with Alcorn State

A Barron Collier player throws an interception under pressure from Lely's L.J. Greenidge (77) in the third quarter of the Lely-Barron Collier football game Friday, Sept. 28 at Barron Collier High School.

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A Barron Collier player throws an interception under pressure from Lely's L.J. Greenidge (77) in the third quarter of the Lely-Barron Collier football game Friday, Sept. 28 at Barron Collier High School.

L.J. Greenidge, a force for the Lely High School football team, has signed to play at Alcorn State University, a Football Championship Subdivision school in Vicksburg, Miss.

He signed his letter of intent on National Signing Day on Wednesday at the school.

Greenidge played offensive and defensive line at Lely. He was named to the Naples Daily News All-Area Team, and the Collier County Athletic Conference all-conference team as a defensive lineman.

Lely coach Stacey Stewart said Greenidge had an outstanding senior year that upped his college stock.

"His size, speed and athletic ability allowed him to create havoc in the opponent's backfield," Stewart said.

Greenidge expects to play defensive end. He visited the university and likes the whole environment.

"They have new coaches and coach (Jay) Hopson thinks I can make a big impact," he said.

His mother Shelley was pleased with the choice.

"Alcorn State is strong academically and L.J. was looking for that in his recruiting," she said. "He has high goals, and more hard work is just ahead."

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