Washington quarterback interested in BYU

Located in Shoreline, Washington, King's High School has a talented quarterback receiving interest from some Pac-12 schools. Last week he attended BYU's Junior Day and was offered a scholarship the following day. Now the 6-foot-2-inch, 190-pound gunslinger has BYU on his mind.

It was a great week last week for quarterback Billy Green of King's High School.


"Last Monday I was down visiting," Green said. "Then I was supposed to come back up on Junior Day [last Wednesday] to throw and compete a little bit. I came back and threw really well and talked to Coach Doman afterwards."

Coach Doman saw enough.

"He told me he wanted to offer me but told me he wanted Coach Mendenhall to do it in person, so I came back on Thursday and spoke to Coach Mendenhall on Thursday for about 30 minutes," Green said. "We talked in his office and that's when he gave me a full-ride BYU scholarship [offer]."

Green came away from his visit very impressed with BYU.

"I was shocked how awesome the facilities were and the coaches were down there," said Green. "I got a good feel for all the coaches down there and could see myself playing for them. They're all just really great guys and make you feel so at home. I just really enjoyed it."

Coach Poppinga is the Cougar coach that found and evaluated Green.

"Coach Poppinga is awesome and the one that has been recruiting me," said Green. "He's awesome and was really fired up about coming up and seeing me at one of my practices. He was really impressed and invited me down to Junior Day and it paid off. He's been awesome through the whole thing. I have a great relationship with him and called him up on the day I got my offer from BYU just to thank him."

Green, who is a member of the Catholic faith, likes BYU's values.

"Coach Mendenhall seems like an awesome coach and I love what he stands for," said Green. "All the morals, values and the honor code that he stands for is great and a good thing to have in place. Like I said before, I could see myself playing for him and his program down there.

"What I was really impressed with was the whole family atmosphere [which] was awesome! I really loved how many of the coaches actually played there and now have sons on the team. I just thought that whole family atmosphere was awesome."

Following his BYU offer, Green sought to learn more about the football program.

"I started researching BYU's quarterback history here recently," Green said. "They have quite a history. BYU has the second most college quarterbacks in the College Hall of Fame, so it's an awesome place to be a quarterback. I don't know what quarterback wouldn't want to be a part of that tradition."

Following his visit and scholarship offer, Green has the Cougars of BYU on his mind, especially after learning what the coaches have in mind for their offense.

"One thing I thought was great was what they told me when I was down there," Green said. "They said they want to average at least 300 yards passing per game. They're going to be throwing the ball a little over 30 times a game, so I don't know what quarterback wouldn't want to go play in that type of system. When I was down there, Coach Kelly Bills was showing me the offense. It's a complex offense but really simple to learn. I think I can see myself fitting really well in that offense."

Given the numbers Green put up last year, this could be a good offensive match.

"Last year I was 70 percent in pass completions with around 2,500 yards and 40 touchdowns," Green said. "I ran for 500 yards and scored another four touchdown for 44 total. I'm definitely looking to throw the ball first, but have the ability to run the ball if needed."

As of right now a few Pac-12 colleges are taking a hard look at Green. Those colleges showing interest in him are Washington State, Arizona State, Oregon State and UCLA. Following a few visits to those colleges, Green will more than likely make a decision. However, as of right now BYU is the place where it looks like Green might end up at.

"I told the coaches at BYU that I really wanted to play there, so I think they have a pretty good idea and feel for me," Green said. "I just want to let the fans know that it's a thrill that I'll more than likely be playing as a BYU Cougar."


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