FSU Still Leading?

Christian Green was in town this past weekend for Florida State's Junior Day. NoleDigest caught up with the nation's 8th ranked wide receiver to get his thoughts on his recruitment and to see if the Seminoles are still Christian's top school at this time.

Christian Green is quickly becoming one of the most talked about recruits in the 2010 recruiting class. Since his freshman season Green has shown his stellar athleticism from the quarterback position for Tampa Catholic, but it is his potential as a wide receiver that has created the entire buzz. After his standout performance at the Tampa 7-on-7 2 weeks ago Christian has skyrocketed up the recruiting rankings, as he is now rated as the 8th best receiver in the nation according to Scout.com. Green told NoleDigest that he went into that passing camp wanting to have fun, but primarily he wanted to prove himself as a force on the national level.

"I had fun at the 7-on-7," Green said, "and I feel that I proved myself as a player against some of the nation's best players. I went in wanting to give the best effort I had. I was able to do that and it showed on the field. I held my own and it was just a great experience being out there."

Growing up Christian was a fan of Florida State as several family members have either participated in sports or graduated from the university. Coming into the process Green has visited the Seminoles on several occasions. The Junior Day was his first time to tour the campus and watch the team practice. According to Christian he enjoyed what he saw.

"The visit this past weekend was a really good experience because I got a chance to talk to all of the coaches and some of the players," said Green about the visit, "I've been there a couple times for games and all of that but this was the first time I've been able to see the facilities. I learned a lot on this visit, and I think they have a nice complex and great facilities. The locker room and weight room were really nice. Getting the chance to see all of that was great."

"I got a chance to watch the team during the practice scrimmage," continued Green. "Watching them you can tell how young they are, but at the same time you can tell they are a good group. I think they have good running backs, a good quarterback in Christian Ponder and a good offensive line. A few of the wide receivers were banged up but there is talent there. I paid attention to the routes the receivers were running, how they caught the ball and all of that. They have a lot of speed. The intensity of the practice was something that really stood out. The difference between high school and college is on another level. The guys were competing really hard. I was impressed by that."

The coaches at FSU have shown a lot of interest in the talented recruit due to the potential Green has on the next level. Christian is very familiar with the staff as a whole and says that he's very comfortable with the group. On his visit he says he got a chance to spend time with each offensive coach.

"I talked to all of the coaches this past weekend when I was up there," stated Green. "Coach Fisher knows a lot about football and I feel real comfortable with him. Coach Dawsey is someone I have known since my freshman year. Coach Dexter Carter is a real good guy, and the same goes for Coach Trickett. They all know football but they are overall good people."

Fans of the Seminoles figured the family ties and familiarity of the program would lead to an early commitment from Green. While he has FSU at the top he does say he wants to go through the process to see what else is out there. Christian did tell NoleDigest that a decision would come whenever he and his family get a chance to sit and talk about it, but right now there is no time frame on when the decision will come.

"FSU is at the top of my list, followed by Florida, Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and schools like that," explained Green. "I want to go out and see some schools this spring and watch them practice. Pretty much every school has offered me now so now I am just trying to stay focused on the process. I want to sit back and discuss everything with my family. If I go on some visits and things are the same, then I may commit. It may be after the season or over the summer. Before that I want to visit schools like Florida because I am interested in what they have to offer."

Family environment, the coaches and players, education and overall comfort level are the biggest factors in Christian's recruitment. Look for Green to take some visits this spring and summer, including FSU's Seminole Showtime, and then start to really think about where he can picture himself in college. Until then stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Christian, as well as the rest of the recruits from the 2010 recruiting class.

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