Busy Time For William Green

Hoover, Ala.--Spain Park linebacker and defensive end William Green is one of the top players in the state for the class of 2008, but he has kept recruiting on the backburner as the Jaguars made a run at the state championship.

Finishing the regular season 9-1 after picking up a forfeit win over Hoover, Spain Park wasn't even ranked in the ASWA polls when the playoffs began. However, Green and the Jaguars reeled off wins over Buckhorn (35-7), Gadsden City (31-23), Mountain Brook (17-14) and Vestavia (17-13).

"It was real fun, about the most fun I've had in high school because we kept being the underdog and we weren't getting any respect from really anybody, no matter who we beat," Green says. "It was fun just to shut all of those people up."

However, the opponent in the Super 6 at Legion Field was defending state champion and undefeated Prattville. The Lions trumped the Jaguars 14-0 despite a strong effort from Green and the Spain Park defense.

"It was fun getting to play on a big stage like that in kind of a hostile environment," Green says. "It was pretty fun, but I hate that we lost.

"My sophomore year was 5-5 and my junior year we went 6-4," he adds. "To improve that much and go all the way to the state championship game is just unbelievable."

Green had a pair of sacks and four tackles for a loss in the state championship game.

The turnaround to another big stage is quick for Green, who left on Wednesday for Mobile to play in the Alabama-Mississippi High School All-Star Game. Green says the experience should be fun as he already knows several of his teammates for Monday (Dec. 17) night's game.

"Just meeting some guys I haven't met before and hanging out with some of the guys I already know. I know Jerrell (Harris), Antoine McClain. I haven't talked to Courtney Upshaw too much. I know Brandon Lewis and one of my teammates is going, Zach Payne, and I know Barrett Trotter.

"Winning it is very important to give Alabama a good name and show who has more talent."

Green will also be playing in the Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 5.

With national signing day less than two months away for the 6-4, 210-pound four-star prospect, Green says that he's starting to line up his official visits after taking several unofficials throughout the season. "I've started looking into that, but I haven't set anything in stone yet," he notes.

As a prospect who has been quiet about where he will attend college, Green's choice will be known soon enough as signing day is February 7.

"I just tell everyone I'm going to ITT Tech," he jokes. "Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Florida are the main ones."

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