What's not to like about Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./Catholic)? In a year of some very elite running back prospects from the Sunshine State like Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage), Derrick Henry (Yulee, Fla.), and Kelvin Taylor (Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Day), he may be the very best of this bunch.
Green seems to be a combination of those named above.
The first thing that jumps off the tape is his homerun ability. He's so explosive and has a great burst of acceleration. Green is so dangerous on the perimeter because of his outstanding speed. Inside, he hits the hole hard and quick and has the vision to find daylight. Green is under control and patient. Then he can hit that next gear, which makes him so dangerous. It's like he can step on the gas and go from zero to sixty in the blink of an eye.
Green is an instinctual runner, with excellent vision and balance. He has an unreal jump cut, as good as you will ever see. In fact, Green reminds me of a bigger Warrick Dunn.
What's deceptive about Green is his power, especially when everyone considers him a speed back. At 5-foot-10 and 190-pounds, Green has bulked up this off-season. In the process he has not lost any speed or quickness but gained strength. This will help him between the tackles or when he wants to take on defenders. Green has the power to run them over. And this is part of his game that he doesn't mind. He's a terrific defensive back who could certainly play on that side of the ball if he chose to in college. What coaches love is that Green brings that defensive mentality to the running back position. He fears nothing.
Lastly Green can catch out of the backfield, making him an excellent weapon in the passing game. He presents a difficult matchup with linebackers because of his physical attributes, soft hands and ability to make plays in space once he has the ball in his hands.
So what you have in Green is a potential every down back once he learns to pass protect with proficiency. The bottom line is that this is an elite recruit who can do it all. Green, a Florida State commitment, should complement what's already in Tallahassee very well. He will also give them a big play threat from the running back position.