Hailing from a town mostly known as golf destination -- and the furthest thing from a football hotbed -- has led one of the more surprising players in attendance at the 2012 Cal-State Game to fly about as far under the radar as possible.
It wasn't just the fact that safety Michael Greer (Palm Springs, Calif./Palm Springs) was from a resort town in the desert of California that kept him out of the headlines. Greer also had only a 1.7 GPA after his sophomore year.
After dedicating himself to hitting the books, Greer has seen his interest increase dramatically.
"My core GPA is now a 3.0," said Greer, with a sense of pride. "I've been taking online classes through a college, and now I have an opportunity to hopefully go on to college, play football and get an education."
Illinois State was the first to offer the 6-foot-2, 195-pound safety. Now that he appears to be academically sound, a host of other schools are making a late push for the hard-hitting safety.
"Oregon State has been checking in with me every week to see how I'm doing and how my grades are," Greer said. "They were the first school to talk to me, so an offer from them would be amazing."
UCLA, Washington State, Idaho Arizona State, South Dakota State, North Dakota and others all have been in touch with Greer regarding a potential official visit in January.
"I'm just blessed to have an opportunity like this," Greer said. "If some of these schools offer me, it will be a dream come true."
Greer said WR Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) has been one of the top players here this week and he has enjoyed the challenge of trying to slow down the No. 13 WR in the ESPN 150.