Auburn Defense Impresses Four-Star DE

This talented defensive prospect from the Birmingham area talks recruiting and gives his thoughts on his visit to Auburn last Saturday.

Birmingham, Ala.--Rated as the country's 15th-best defensive end and a four-star prospect by Scout.com, Spain Park's William Green hasn't been lacking for attention from college recruiters this season after exploding onto the scene following a strong junior year and summer camp circuit.

An athletic 6-4, 210 defensive end/outside linebacker for the Jaguars, Green has helped his team to an 8-1 start this season with one forfeited game from Hoover making them the second place team in their region in Class 6A. Green says things have gone well both for the team and for him in 2007.

"My senior year is going pretty well," Green tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have like 85 tackles and five sacks. Teams are paying a lot more attention to me. It's just part of the game. I have been in coverage a lot more this year (playing some outside linebacker). That's going all right."

With offers from all over the country, Green says that at the moment he's continuing to take things slowly, but has managed to take in a few games. Having already visited Alabama twice unofficially this fall, Green says he made a trip to Auburn last weekend to watch the Tigers play Ole Miss and liked what he saw out of Coach Will Muschamp's defense.

"It went good," Green says of his trip to Auburn. "I got down there a little late. I didn't get a chance to talk to the coaches before the game, but I talked to them after the game. They were glad to see me.

"I have come to realize that fans love their college teams pretty much anywhere, anywhere in the SEC. I guess everywhere is going to be the same as far as that goes. I was just really paying attention to how well Auburn played defense.

"They were real intense. I like the way their defensive line pressures the quarterback. I noticed that. That didn't surprise me because they've had a good defense the past few years and Coach (Will) Muschamp is a good coach."

Green says he plans to set up his official visits after the season and that could be a few more weeks with Spain Park still scheduled for its final regular season game of the year against Hillcrest of Tuscaloosa and then a first round playoff game against Buckhorn the following week. In the meantime Green says he's still pretty open, but a few teams are stepping to the forefront for him.

"I get calls from coaches every week, but it's not as hectic as it was," Green says. "I don't really have a list yet. I would say I'm looking at everybody, but I'm looking the hardest at Alabama, Florida, and Auburn. There is also Clemson and LSU and some people I watch on TV."

As a junior Green made 54 tackles and added eight sacks from his defensive end position. Showing his athleticism, he also finished third in the high jump in Class 6A.


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