Salem High School (Conyers, GA)
NR: 100 Rating: **
THE STATS: Zach Green was a first team All-Area selection his junior year and second team All-Metro in Atlanta in each of the last two seasons. He broke Salem High School's single season receiving record in 2001 with 31 catches for 478 yards and also holds the all-time receiving mark in total yardage.
STRENGTH: Green has good size for a tight end prospect and was a nice pick up in an overall down year for tight ends in the south. He also has outstanding strength coming out of high school, as he is already able to bench 300 pounds and squat 400. With his frame, he'll have the opportunity to grow into a lethal weapon in the Clemson offense, but it will likely take a year or two before the Georgia native is ready to contribute.
WEAKNESS: At 6-feet 6-inches tall, Green has the size to be a D-I tight end, now all he'll need to do is continue to work hard in the weight room. Fortunately, he'll have that opportunity playing behind Bobby Williamson. Interestingly enough, Green could also end up transitioning to the offensive line. Several Clemson coaches have already indicated their desire to see Green do battle in the trenches.
WHY CLEMSON? "I really liked Coach Bowden and I think he's a great coach," said Green. "I ended up choosing Clemson over Middle Tennessee State. I also was hearing from Georgia Tech and Arkansas, but they hadn't offered by the time Clemson had, so I decided to just go ahead and commit in January. I also really liked the offensive line coach, Ron West. He was main recruiter and we got along really well. When I went to Clemson on my official visit, I just felt like I fit in with all of the players there- which was really important. I was really happy when they decided to offer me and I'm looking forward to getting up there and playing college football at Clemson University."
HS COACH QUOTES: "Zach is a real tough kid, and he's not afraid to get in there and mix it up. He can catch and block with the best of them, however what makes him a cut above everyone else is his work ethic. He never missed a workout or practice since I've been his coach," said Salem head coach Frank Caputo.
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