Hoover, Ala.--School is out and that means unofficial visit time for many of the top players in the country as they begin to try to narrow down their lists heading into the summer and fall of their senior seasons. One of the players that has started to do just that is defensive end William Green from Spain Park High.
One of the country's top defensive end prospects, Green has offers from well over a dozen schools including just about every SEC school, USC, Michigan, Miami and others. With plenty of top programs to choose from, Green says it's important to get as much information as possible and that begins with taking visits to check out the campus and meet with the coaches.
Saturday was his first opportunity to do just that as he made the trip down from Birmingham with his mother to Auburn to meet with the coaching staff and tour the facilities. The first of many such visits with Florida next on his list, Green says the trip gave him a different feeling about the Auburn program than he had gotten on his first trip down for the A-Day game in March even though he had nothing but good things to say following that first visit.
"I liked it a lot better than the first time I was down there," Green tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "It was all right. I didn't really like it too much but now after visiting they are definitely going to be one of my top schools."
While things went good that first trip, Green says he wasn't blown away with anything about Auburn. Instead he went home wondering where Auburn fit in on his list of schools. Now the Tigers have climbed up among the top schools for the athletic end and he says it's due to the time spent just talking with the coaches on his trip.
"I guess it was really just spending more time with the coaches," Green says. "I really got to see how they are and was able to build more of a relationship with them. I have sent text messages back and forth but I don't get to sit and talk with them like I would like to. I got to sit down and talk with them and I also got to meet Quentin Groves today.
"It was good," he adds. "We got to talk about schemes and how I would be used. They talked about Quentin Groves and how they would use me the same way. That's the same way I'm used at my high school. I like it."
With several trips under his belt to Alabama and Florida wanting him to come down for their Friday Night Lights Camp, Green says the Tigers, Crimson Tide and Gators are definitely three of the teams that will be in the mix until the very end. Several other schools have a chance to join that list as well and Green says he'll take his time to make sure the decision is the right one for him.
"I'm starting to build a list of favorites," Green says. "It's not complete just yet. Right now I have Auburn, Alabama, Florida and Georgia Tech that are definitely in it. I still have to see about LSU and Georgia. I'm going to visit as many schools as possible and then get a final list."