Newsday goes deep with Long Island high school football.
Sizing up Longwood
They form a wall on the right side of the Longwood offensive line, two long-time friends with big-time dreams.
Omari Palmer, 6-3, 310, has a scholarship offer to Syracuse. Darius Greene, 6-2, 275, has drawn interest from Stony Brook among other schools. That’s for 2012 and beyond. Both are more focused on current events – like helping the Lions win the title in highly competitive Suffolk Division I.
"We have a lot of confidence. A lot of people forget about us," said Greene, a right guard by necessity but a more dominant defensive lineman for Longwood, seeded No. 3 behind Floyd and Sachem North. "Defense, that’s what I love."
Palmer, a road-grader of a blocker said he prefers offense, though he isn’t sure yet how he’ll be deployed at Syracuse. "I think they will graduate two guards so that might be my best opportunity," he said.
Palmer is the more outgoing of the two, smiling easily and loudly pumping up his teammates, especially Greene. "I’ve played next to Darius my whole life," he said. "We know each other’s moves. I can step faster or tighter when I see where he goes."
At Thursday night’s 3rd Annual Breast Cancer Awareness scrimmage at Bay Shore, Palmer watched with a slightly sprained ankle but Greene was a monster on defense. They’ll be side-by-side again beginning with Monday’s practice, and on opposite sides on defense. "We’ve spent a lot of time together," Greene said. "It’s a lot of fun to have a buddy with you to go out and dominate."
Palmer likes to open holes for running backs like Kavaughn Wiggins and Davonte Booker, also expected to return to practice healthy on Monday. "Good old-fashioned Longwood football. We like to run," Palmer said.
Wiggins prefers being a run-stopper. "I don’t like blocking that much. I like shedding blocks and using my speed to get around people," he said.
From either side of the ball and either side of the side, Palmer and Greene spell big trouble for opponents.