C.J. Green a Budding Star on the Near Horizon?

A Washington state three-sport star has a simple invitation for BYU football recruiters: "They need to come to the south end of Washington … Tell them to come my way."

That's the word from C.J. Green at Federal Way High School, a 5-10, 185 pound, strong safety/running back who apparently runs a 4.44/40, bench presses 270 pounds, squats 470 pounds and has a 30-inch vertical jump.

As a junior, he was named All-League SPSL 2nd team as a running back and defensive back; All-League offensive team as a sophomore and junior year; as his track 4x4 relay team placed 2nd and 5th last year in league competition. He has recorded times of 11.4 and 23.5 for the 100 and 200 meters respectively.

Schools that have either visited or written him include Arizona State, Oregon, BYU, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State, Boise State, Idaho, Portland State, Montana, Montana State and Eastern Washington. "They write me letters now. Most of them are in the evaluating process now, but some have come by and said ‘Hi' and shake my hand and all that," Green said.

When the recruiting "dead period" ends, Green said he wouldn't mind if the BYU coaches visited him. "BYU hasn't spoken to me yet, at least not yet, but they need to come down here to the south end of Washington. I'm excited about it. Tell them to come my way."

Green is also taking care of business in the classroom with a 3.5 GPA in his core classes after his junior year. "School is a priority," he said.

Notably, Green's list of accomplishments warrant listing:

* 2004-2005 Student Body President
* 2004-2005 Captain for Football, Basketball, Track
* 2003-2004 Captain Award – Football
* 2003-2004 Hustle Award – Basketball
* 2003-2004 SPSL Second Team All-League Running Back/Defensive Back
* 2003-2004 All City Running Back/Defensive Back
* 2003-2004 Most Value Player - Football
* 2004 FW Track & Field 2nd place state champions 4x400 relay
* 2002-2003 Sophomore Captain - Football
* 2002-2003 Honorable Mention - Basketball
* 2002-2003 Hustle Award - Basketball
* 2002-2003 West Central District State Tournament Basketball
* 2001 Student of the Year, 2001 Most Inspiring Actor
* 2001 Athlete of the Year, Academic Award, 800 & 400 Track Champion
* 2000-02 Four Coach Awards - Basketball, Football
* Listed in Who's Who Among High School Students

As a junior running back, Green said he had 213 carries for 1,253 yards and 19 touchdowns. "I'm pretty much a north and south runner. I can mix up some shiftiness, but just try for positive yards all the time. The fastest way is from point A to point B."

Nothing speaks louder than complimentary comments from an opposing coach. Bob Lucey, head coach at rival Curtis High School, said that "C.J. Green has established himself as an outstanding player as a junior in the SPSL. He plays both sides of the ball with great intensity every play. As a running back, he has great quickness and vision making him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. He also has impressed me with his ability to break a long run and not miss a play offensively or defensively. When we played Federal Way, C.J. earned my respect for being an outstanding player who played the game with his pads and class. As one of the best players, if not the best returning in the SPSL, he is definitely a college recruit."

Keith Ross, another head coach at rival Summer High School, added his insights: "As a coach on an opposing team, I had the opportunity to scout the Federal Way team before we played them. I was immediately impressed by C.J. as a defensive must-stop in order to win. C.J. was a very elusive runner with breakaway speed. I noticed that he was very physical for a smaller back. All week we prepared to stop Federal Way's offense, C.J. in particular."

Coach Ross added, "I spoke with him after the game and was very impressed by his humility about his athletic ability and talents. I know that C.J. is working very hard to be the best player he can be.

Defensively, Green also earned a reputation for being a relentless defender. "I like to hit. I'm one of those players that like the big play. I'm in on a lot of tackles and I have a nose for the ball. I can tackle and defend pretty good at the corner spot. I had 60 tackles, two assists, two interceptions and one forced fumble," he said.

Tyrone Reese, Federal Way's head basketball coach, also weighed in with glowing comments about his star point guard. "C.J. Green the ultimate ball player the person you want out there when the game is on the line because he will find a way to win if he gets the ball in his hands."

He added: "One can never question his heart because he comes to play on every play. In every game our team plays in we are usually outsized, but this does not stop C.J. from mixing it up with the taller kids and he usually wins. C.J. has the heart of a lion and he is a fearless warrior that is ready to do battle anytime, anywhere," Reese said.

With football summer camps in full swing, Green is anxious to show coaches and college scouts what he is capable of. "I leave for the University of Oregon this Friday. The NIKE combine is on Saturday at Oregon and then I'm staying up there for the next two or three days for the Oregon football camp. Then I'm going to the Oregon State camp after that. After that, I'm going to my team camp at Western Washington. I've got some basketball in there somewhere," Green noted.

Career-wise, Green plans to major in sports advertising and business. "A degree is a priority. That's why I probably favor the Oregon schools right now and Portland State," said Green.

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