SEC Teams Checking Out Athletic Defender

This talented defender from the Peach State talks recruiting and his early interests.

Tifton, Ga.--Tift County High is home to one of the best big athletes in Georgia for the 2009 class, but right now he's still waiting on his first offer.

With several schools sniffing around his door as his team prepares for spring practice, it looks like it won't be long before Shayon Green gets his first one when teams get a chance to see this physical player at his new position.

At 6-2, 225 with a personal-best 40-yard dash time of 4.6 seconds, a 43 second 300 intermediate hurdle time and the ferocity to play noseguard and defensive tackle his first two years of high school, Green appears to have all the qualities that defensive coaches are looking for on the collegiate level and he says that right now he's just waiting to see what happens.

"Things are going good," Green tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "No sir, I don't have any offers yet. I'm hearing from Auburn, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, UCF, Mississippi State and a few more."

While waiting on those offers, Green says that he currently has a favorite school and that got even stronger with a recent visit to the campus. "The Florida Gators are my favorite," Green says. "I went to Florida in either January or February. It was great. I loved it."

A two-year starter for Tift County heading into his senior year, Green will have a different position in 2009 as he'll get his first shot at playing linebacker beginning in spring practice. That's a big change from where Green started his career.

"At the beginning of my sophomore year I was at nose tackle," Green says. "Then they moved me to quick tackle and that's where I played last year. This spring I'm moving to linebacker. I'm looking forward to that."

As a junior Green made 60 tackles with eight sacks from his defensive tackle position. Strictly a defender, Green says he's anxious to see how he responds to playing linebacker for the first time in his life next season.

Hoping to improve his speed and technique between now and his senior year, Green says that he plans to set up several visits for camps in the coming weeks. "I'm going to try Auburn and Florida out," Green notes. "I'll also go to Florida State."


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