Green Talks Cal Offer

As the Cal coaches spread out over California on the second day of the spring contact period, physically-imposing Rasheem Green pulled down an offer from the Bears.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Rasheem Green is more than a little soft-spoken, particularly when considering the fact that the 2015 prospect is a hulking, 6-foot-5, 269 pounds. It's understandable, given that the sophomore was inundated on Tuesday with a host of college coaches and offers, including one from California running backs coach Pierre Ingram.

"It's overwhelming for him, today," said his father, Rasheem, Sr. "I don't think he really had Cal on his radar. I don't think he realized how big of a program Cal is -- school-wise and athletically."

Green, Jr., is new to the recruiting process, but far from an unknown quantity, pulling down offers from the Bears, Florida, USC, UCLA and Washington, with Cal, the Gators, the Trojans and the Huskies offering on Tuesday.

"It's a new thing to me," Green, Jr., said. "I don't even really know."

Last season, Green, Jr., recorded 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks, but his performance on the camp circuit has drawn a lot of attention. While it's difficult to pick any standouts from his busy day, Green, Jr., did learn a bit about the Bears.

"Cal's a nice program," he said. "They have good coaches. I didn't really know a whole bunch about Cal. He said that our guy up there [Jason Gibson] is doing really well up there, and that the players have fun up there."

Green's father said that the offer did "a little bit," to change his son's perception of the Bears, but the fact that he also received offers from other Pac-12 schools on the same day diluted the impact.

"When everybody comes at you at once, you kind of go, ‘Woah there,'" Green, Sr., chuckled.

Green was named to the All-NFTC Underclass Team by Scout.com recruiting experts Greg Biggins and Brandon Huffman just over a month ago, with the pair saying of Green: "If you had an NFL style draft, Green might have been the first player taken. He measured in at a rock solid 6-5, 270 pounds and shocked people when they heard he was just a sophomore. Green will play on both sides of the ball for Serra but worked out with the defensive ends and physically overpowered every lineman he faced."

At the SoCal NFTC event, Green clocked a 4.93 electronically-timed 40-yard dash, checked in with a vertical leap of 31 inches and threw the power ball 39 feet.

"He's a ridiculous athlete," Serra coach Scott Altenberg said at the event. "He's still only 15 years old too, that's the scary part. He can broad jump 9'2", bench press over 300 pounds and full squat 445. He's insane and I'm excited to coach him."

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