Gators Land 4-Star DE

Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park star William Green ended the speculation officially announcing on Tuesday that he's a Florida Gator.

William Green chose the Gators over Auburn and Alabama.

"I decided that I'm going to the University of Florida because it's the best fit for me," Green said. "My mom and I both feel comfortable there. Gainesville is the best place for me to be."

At 6-4, 215-pounds, Green's timing follows the news that Savannah (Ga.) Jenkins defensive end Chaz Sutton, who committed to Florida over the summer, was no longer going to be a Gator. Green's a four-star prospect who earned All-State first team honors in his home state of Alabama and played in the U.S. Army All-American Game.

During his senior season, Green posted 114 tackles with four sacks and a fumble recovery, leading Spain Park to the state championship game. His defense held opponents to just 12.9 points per game.

"Everything they do in Gainesville is top notch," Green said. "As far as the position that I'll play, I don't really have a preference but we'll start out at defensive end."

Green points to his speed as his greatest asset.

"My speed and motor are my biggest strengths, but I also have great technique," Green said.

During the recruiting process, Green developed a strong relationship with Florida's defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison.

"Coach Mattison is an all around great guy and he's been recruiting me since the beginning," Green said. "My first trip to Gainesville was spring of 2007. I went once again over the summer just before school started, and then I took my official a couple of weeks ago. Coach Mattison is my guy."

Green also developed a strong relationship with some other Gator commits.

"I've got a pretty good relationship with guys like Omar Hunter, Will Hill and Brendan Beal," Green said.

The recruiting process has been difficult for Green and his family. Living in Alabama and choosing the Gators was not an easy decision, but it's a decision he's glad to have behind him.

"My mom is very happy," he said. "Her and I both became extremely tired of the recruiting process and we were just ready to end it and become Gators."

Green was rated as a strongside linebacker by and was considered the seventh best SLB in the nation.

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