RU Looking at Familiar Name, Different Spot

Rutgers recruited Clairton (Pa.) High's Desimon Green as a defensive end in the spring before he committed to Pittsburgh, and recently the Scarlet Knights began recruiting him again, but this time on the offensive side of the ball. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound is still waiting for a written offer from Rutgers, but he spoke to about whether he prefers offense to defense, and much more.

Clairton (Pa.) High's Desimon Green's recruitment has taken an interesting twist the last few weeks, especially after he performed well as a receiver at the Chesapeake Bowl.

He played quarterback and defensive end at Clairton, and was being recruited to play defense by everyone to play on that side of the ball until Rutgers offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti and defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley visited.

"They said they like me on offense," said Green, a former Pittsburgh commit.

Thus, Rutgers is recruiting the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Green to play tight end. He does not hold a written offer from the Scarlet Knights yet, but could get one between now and his tentatively scheduled to make an official visit Jan. 21 to Rutgers.

"I played quarterback in high school, but at the all-star game I played wide receiver and I did really well," Green said. "If I played quarterback in high school, I think I could play any position. I really enjoyed playing receiver."

Rutgers recruited Green as a defensive end in the spring, but did not offer. He said the interest now "came out of the blue."

At Green's size, and given Rutgers' desire to bring in another tight end, it could be a match. And if the Scarlet Knights give Green a written offer, it could push them into the lead.

"I kind of have Texas Tech in the lead because they've been there the longest," Green said. "But Rutgers is the only school recruiting me for offense, and I like that. I'd rather play offense in college."

Green was scheduled to visit Michigan last weekend, but the firing of coach Rich Rodriguez threw a wrench into that situation.

He is slated to visit Michigan State this coming weekend and trip to Texas Tech on Jan. 28, but his recruitment has been strange because of the situation at Pittsburgh.

"It's been very difficult," Green said. "Some schools told me that since I came (into the market) late because I de-committed that they aren't sure where things are."

Green added he spoke with new Pittsburgh coach Todd Graham on Tuesday night, but doesn't know what his interest level will be in Panthers.

"We still keep in contact in a little bit," Green said. "I just talked to the new coach. I really don't know about them. I talked to coach Graham and they run a spread."

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