Explosion of Green

Pulaski Academy standout running back Broderick Green (6-1, 225) has offers from first-game foes Arkansas and USC to consider as well as numerous others. This story is sponsored by the Arkansas Toyota Dealers. It's free and so is a special offer to attend a Razorback event on the Arkansas Toyota Dealers website.




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Before last week, Pulaski Academy running back Broderick Green was just one of the many standouts in a healthy 2007 football recruiting class in Arkansas.

This week, Green (6-1, 225, 4.57) is known as the only one with offers from both 2006 first-game foes Arkansas and USC - as well as several other teams who came running last week after getting a look at his highlight tape.

"It's all been very exciting," Green said Sunday night. "I thought there would be some interest and that I was a pretty good football player, but didn't know I would get this much attention this early."

Joining the Razorbacks and Trojans in offering Green last week were Kansas State, Virginia Tech, Penn State, Georgia Tech, Kansas and Mississippi State and more are expected.

No doubt those schools saw plenty they liked about Green, who rushed for 1,664 yards and 21 touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 565 yards and 5 touchdowns last season, on the highlight tape.

He had three runs of over 70 yards for scores and several 40 or 50-yard one that resulted in points according to Pulaski Academy head coach Kevin Kelly.

"He has great knowledge of the game of football and is a nice combination of a guy who is strong and can run over you and has just enough speed to run away from you," Kelly said. "He has great lateral movement and coaches also like the way he can catch the ball out of the backfield and do something with it. He's just a very good all-around player."

Green, the brother of Kansas City Chiefs starting safety and former UAPB star Greg Wesley and former Pulaski Academy standout and current college player Stephen Green, admits to being an Arkansas fan growing up.

But he also has come to admire the USC program during its successful run lately.

"Arkansas is the school I have followed growing up and I would love to come up there an and play and think it would be a great situation for me," Green said. "I am very good friends with (Arkansas head coach) Houston Nutt and (Razorback assistant coach) Danny Nutt. They have been very successful with their running game and I am excited about the new offense they are bringing in as well. They have great backs right now in Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and I thought De'Arrius Howard was very good, too."

But Green does admit that the interest and offer from USC have his head spinning right now and he could certainly see playing there as well.

"That's a great football program that has had a lot of success lately and I have really followed them and rooted for them lately," Green said. "I had no idea that would even be remotely interested in me, but I sent them a highlight tape thinking what was there to lose.

"I guess they really liked it because they called my coach and then I called (USC) Coach Pete Carroll back," Green continued. "He said that they wanted to offer me a scholarship. He said he thought I was a Lendale White-type back with better moves. I was stunned he said that, but it makes me feel good."

Green admits to being so excited about the offers that he thought about committing right away to both USC and Arkansas, but said the rumors that he did to either were not true.

"No, that's not true," Green said. "I really like them both and the other schools, too, and I just need to make some visits and see what everything is like and see what is best for me."

Kelly said that Green is fortunate that Wesley has the wealth to fly his little brother around to visit several campuses on unofficial visits and that he can then make the best decision.

"It's really early," Kelly said. "I mean it's just March right now. But his brother has the opportunity to send him to all these places on unofficials and he can really check things out. He's going to do all unofficial here right now and then make a decision. That helps because a school might be mad if you took an unofficial to their school, an official to another one and this way everything's even.

"He can take all these visits and maybe have a decision made and get it out of the way by May or so and then be able to concentrate on his senior season," Kelly added. "It's a big decision for a 17-year-old."

Green says Wesley - who has had at least 100 tackles for the Chiefs in four of his five NFL seasons since being a third-round draft choice in 2000 - has given him some solid advice.

"He told me just to keep my options open and be patient and not just run out and commit to someone right away," Green said. "He said just make these visits and then make a smart decision. He also said to listen to people, but don't listen to everything they say and let it go to my head. Some people will tell you just what they want you to hear right now instead of telling you the truth."

While many people see a rich star in Wesley, Green just sees him as an older brother.

"They all talk about how he plays on TV, the money and the cars he has and how he's this big superstar," Green said. "But I just see him as normal just like my other brothers."

There's a possibility that two of the Green brothers - Broderick and Stephen - could end up playing at the same place next season - if both decide to come to Arkansas.

Stephen Green started out at North Carolina, transferred back to UCA and will now either end up at Arkansas or Oklahoma State next year per Kelly and will redshirt with two years to play beginning in 2007.

"He has talked to (UA assistant coach) Clifton Ealy about coming up there and walking on and also running track and is very interested in that," Kelly said. "But there is now a coach at Oklahoma State that was at North Carolina when he was there and has called and talked about him coming over there on scholarship. He'll do one of those two."

Broderick thinks that would be nice if both ended up at Arkansas.

"I would like to play on the same team, but we'll just look over everything and make the best decisions for each of us," Green said. "It's an exciting time for everybody right now."





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