Arkansas offers Green as defensive end

Arkansas offered Weston Senior High School linebacker Gerri Green, but is recruiting him as a defensive end.

Greenville Weston (Miss.) Senior High School linebacker/tight end Gerri Green made a visit to Arkansas Friday and received an offer to play for the Razorbacks.

Green, 6-foot-4, 220-pounds, is a four-star outside linebacker according to scout.com, but he talked with Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema and defensive line coach Charlie Partridge about the possibility of putting his hand in the dirt with a move to defensive end if he decides to come to Arkansas.

"Arkansas has recruited me as a defensive end, but it's still open," Green said. "I talked to Coach Partridge and Coach Bielema and we sat down and talked and they just said if I chose to play at Arkansas, it would depend on if I decide to come in and work at defensive end and outside linebacker and get a feel for both positions and where I would feel most comfortable and where I would have the most success playing. So it really depends on how I play."

Green said if he did make the switch to defensive end, he knows he would enjoy playing for Partridge. Partridge coached Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt at Wisconsin and will have one year to coach and develop senior Chris Smith, who, like Green, was an outside linebacker in high school, but has made several preseason watch lists as a defensive end.

"He's teachable for anything," Green said of Partridge. "He's going to teach what he wants you to do. When you're just coaching a guy, you can yell at him what you want him to do and the player not understand it, but Coach Partridge is going to take you to the side and teach you what he knows, what he believes and I got to see some of what he knows and believes yesterday."

Like others who have visited Arkansas since the opening of the Fred W. Smith football center, Green was impressed by the new facility, but he was also impressed with Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium, where he said he could see himself playing. Still, he said he is not planning to make a decision any time soon.

"I have a very good interest in the Razorbacks," Green said. "After yesterday, I think it's very possible I could play for them, but I'm just taking my time until I'm ready to make a decision."

In addition to the Arkansas offer, Green has offers from other Southeastern Conference schools including from the top two schools within his home state, Mississippi State and Ole Miss, as well as Auburn, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He said he is hoping to play in the conference that has won the national title seven straight times.

"I feel like the SEC is one of the best, if not the very best, conference to play in," he said. "Every game is going to be a good game when playing in conference and there are even a lot of great out of conference games, so it's always going to be a challenge, week in and week out. I just feel like the SEC gives me the best chance to play against the best and be the best I can be. It's the toughest conference to play in."

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