Green Day

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson catches up with former Pulaski Academy star Stephen Green (6-1, 190, 4.4), who is all set to start classes at the University of Arkansas in August and hopes his brother Broderick Green (6-1, 230, 4.57) follows him to Fayetteville.

It now seems certain that the University of Arkansas football program will be seeing some Green in the near future - it's just a matter of how much.

Former Pulaski Academy standout Stephen Green (6-1, 190, 4.45) - who originally signed with North Carolina and spent last season at UCA - said this past weekend that he was definitely headed to the UA and would be in classes in Fayetteville in August.

The 20-year old safety prospect and brother of current Pulaski Academy star running back Broderick Green (6-1, 230, 4.57), Stephen Green was offered a scholarship by the Razorbacks back in 2004, but waited too late to accept it as spots filled up and ended up committing to the Tar Heels.

"I wanted to be here a long time ago, but things didn't work out as planned and that's just part of life, " Green said. "I think I have truly turned into a man now and I know there are a lot of things in life you have got to get through. I am looking forward to coming back up here and being with my friends, be happy again and be ready to help this team anyway I can."

Both Greens - brothers of Kansas City Chief Greg Wesley - were on the UA campus this weekend.

Stephen was watching Broderick (6-1, 230), who committed to USC this spring but clearly has opened the door for Arkansas, participate in the Razorbacks' Seniors Camp.

"I'm going to do everything I can to get Broderick up here with me," the older Green noted. "When we were out there at USC, I told him not go ahead and commit right away, but he loved it and all the coaches get around hugging you and all that and you just get excited just like I did when I was at North Carolina."

Stephen Green, who was ranked as the 12th-best safety prospect in the nation by Scout.com in its 2004 rankings, thinks he has a good shot at getting his younger brother to Fayetteville.

"He is still open, it is still open," Green said. "I tell him all the time Arkansas is where he needs to be."

It sure seems like Arkansas helped itself in the Green sweepstakes this weekend according to Broderick.

"I had a lot of fun and had a great time," Broderick Green said. "I got to talk to all the coaches and they made it clear to me that they want me to come to school there, be a Hog and be on the same team as my brother (Stephen Green). I know they want me now and so now I can start thinking about what I am going to do. Arkansas is really moving up with me now instead of dropping out."

Stephen Green, who high jumped as high as 6-9 in high school, has talked of participating in both track and football at Arkansas.

He will have to sit out this season in football, but then would have two years left to play for the Razorbacks.

"I don't know if I am going to join the track team first or just come straight to football," Green said. "I am actually also thinking about sitting out (of sports) one semester like I did when I came to UCA from North Carolina, just getting into classes and get settled and then come to football in December."

Green redshirted his freshman season at North Carolina before transferring to UCA and playing there last season.

The initial 2004 prospect was an all-state performer as a senior at Pulaski Academy helping lead the Bruins to a 2003 state title.

During his senior season Green rushed for 1,616 yards and 23 touchdowns while also recording 99 tackles, 13 tackles for lost yardage and nine pass breakups.

In his Pulaski Academy career, Stephen Green rushed for 2,794 yards and 32 TDs while notching 185 tackles, 7 sacks and 21 pass breakups.

"I've been working hard and about to start working with a trainer when I get up here - probably when I sit out that semester," Stephen Green said. "I will play cornerback or safety, wherever they want me to play."

Arkansas has ended up with several PA stars recently - all know redshirt sophomores in starting center Jonathan Luigs (6-4, 301), wideout John Aaron Rees (6-1, 201) and linebacker Matt Stoltz (6-3, 220) all currently on the Razorback roster.

The Razorbacks are also very interested in Bruins junior wideout Cruz Marshall (6-4, 180, 4.5).

"Those are all good friends and mine and Broderick likes them, too," Stephen Green said. "I think Jonathan is headed to the NFL and I knew that in high school because of how hard he works and how strong he was and he's gotten stronger. John Aaron also is going to see a lot of playing time. I was meant to be up here with them and we need to get Broderick up here with us."

Tidbits:

...Bixby linebacker Jared Glover (6-5, 220) visited Arkansas unofficially on Monday and will be at Nebraska and Colorado later this week. He is also considering Oklahoma State.

...Rogers offensive lineman Lee Ziemba visiting Oklahoma this past weekend and will visit Auburn on Wednesday while visiting relatives in the area this week.

He visited Arkansas on Friday. It was just one of his numerous unofficial visits to the place thought to be the frontrunner for his signature.


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