Green Impressed by ASU’s Brotherhood

You only have one chance to make a strong first impression and that is the sentiment conveyed by Rasheem Green who had never visited Tempe until this past weekend. Devils Digest talked to the Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star defensive lineman about his experience, and what is next for him in his recruiting process.

“What stood out to me is how the coaches and players interacted with each other,” Green commented, “and how serious they are about taking care of business and winning a national championship. I liked how all the players have a tight bond with each other and how they really emphasize that. I thought it was pretty cool that they all have the same mindset and the same goal. I wasn’t expecting that and that surprised me the most on the visit, seeing it in person. It was pretty cool seeing that tight bond.

“My host was James Johnson, who is a safety from Upland, and he is a real cool guy. He told me that if I came here I can expect to work hard and that is something I like. I thought their academics were really good. I met their councilors and academically I really liked what they had to offer. They had a really cool presentation. You could tell that they support the team. The campus was really beautiful and everything was close to each other. The city is very nice. I just liked everything about the visit and everything they have to offer and it’s a place I can see myself at.”

The 6-5 290-pound Rasheem Green is ranked 1st among all California defensive ends, 5th nationally in his position and 22nd overall in the 2015 class. The coaches have told Green that he can truly thrive in their defensive scheme, a system that is appealing to him.

“They said I would fit well in their system and I have a chance to compete early,” Green said. “They really think I have the tools to be very successful in their scheme. They like the combination of my athleticism and size.”

Green said that he won’t take anymore visits before National Letter of Intent day, and that he is giving equal consideration to his final four of ASU, USC, Miami and Oregon.

“I’ll decide earlier than signing day and let the schools know before then,” Green commented, “and then make my announcement on signing day. I’m going the school that fits me the best, a place that help me the most with their style and where I will be the happiest.”

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