Neutral Observer

In his weekly recruiting column for Hawgs Illustrated and The Morning News of Northwest Arkansas, Dudley E. Dawson chats with Pulaski Academy running back Broderick Green, who is a soft verbal commit to USC and still eyeing Arkansas, Penn State and Georgia Tech as well.

There are going to be tons of football recruits on hand in Fayetteville for the University of Arkansas' season opener with visiting USC, but only one in the unique situation of being a Trojan commitment albeit growing up a Razorback fan.

That would be Pulaski Academy running back Broderick Green (6-1, 230, 4.57), who already has plans on how to handle the situation for the Sept. 2 nationally televised game at Reynolds Razorback Stadium that will kickoff at 7:45 p.m.

" I can tell you one thing and that's I am not going to wear anything that has either USC or Arkansas on it to the football game," said Green said. "I am just going to sit in the stands, root for both of them to do well and just take everything all in."

Green, a five-star prospect ranked as the No. 5 running back in the country by Scout.com, committed to the Trojans back in the spring while on a visit and remains a "soft" verbal to USC.

That's a tag recruiting analysts and writers put on prospects when they are committed to one school, but still taking visits to others.

That's what Green, who rushed for 1,664 yards and 21 touchdowns last season and caught 48 passes for 568 yards and five more, says he plans to do.

"I am going to take official visits to USC, Arkansas, Penn State and Georgia Tech," Green said. "I think that's in my best interest. I have set up any of them yet, but I am going to start to soon around our schedule."

Stephen Green's Broderick's older brother, will begin classes at Arkansas and join the football team later after first just being a student this season.

"I think he is going to go ahead and run track this season, but he will definitely be up there soon to start classes and be playing there next season," Green said. "That's definitely something that I am thinking about is us playing on the same team again."

There was some confusion about both Arkansas and Green's interest in one another before the player showed up for the UA's Seniors Camp on July 21-22.

There is no confusion now for Green, who joins fellow five-star running back Marc Tyler as one of nine USC commitments at a time when Arkansas has hauled in 10.

"I know that Arkansas wants me and they are definitely, definitely still in it," Green said. "There's no question about that. I've got good feelings about them right now."

That's not to say – obviously – that he doesn't have them for USC, who will have its head coach Pete Carroll be on hand to see him play his first game this season at Forrest City – as no doubt will Arkansas.

"Coach Carroll called and said they were going to come in on Thursday and come down and watch our game on Friday," Carroll said. "They'll be here for the game so it makes it easier for them to see me then."

Green has some team and individual goals set for the season.

"The big one is that I want to get us back into the state championship and win the state title," Green said. "But I would also like to rush for 2,000 yards and score 30 touchdowns. I scored 26 last season."

Pulaski Academy, jumping up to Class 5A this season with the Arkansas Activities Association's reclassification alignment after being in Class AAA, goes to Forrest City on Sept. 1 and then will travel to archrival Central Arkansas Christian on Sept. 8.

"We're not looking ahead to CAC, only thinking about that first game," Green said. "We need to work on our offensive line some and our defense, but our offense is ready to go. We are not where we need to be, but we are continuing to work on everything and will be ready."

That offense includes quarterback Stefan Loucks, who recently committed to Texas Tech over California, Missouri and several other options.

"He's glad to have it out of the way like I was back then," Green said. "You don't get so many calls or text messages and get bothered so much. I am still getting some, but not as much as I used to have to deal with. Now it's about the season more than anything."


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