Semper Fi: Gerri Green

Greenville (Miss.) Weston outside linebacker Gerri Green talks about his commitment to Mississippi State, recruitment and more.

Gerri Green arrived in California this morning for the Semper Fi All-American Bowl.

Due to a knee injury he suffered during the season, Green will not be able to play in this weekend's game. However, he is looking forward to the experience.

"I'm looking forward to hanging out with this great group of guys," said the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Green. "And just seeing the game and being a part it."

Green's recovery is going well.

"My knee feels good," Green said. "Sometimes I wake up and feel like I could play. I went to see the doctor the other day and he told me I was ahead of schedule. I'll be 100 percent by May."

The Weston standout knew Mississippi State was the place for him.

"I had the best feeling at Mississippi State," he said. "I saw players that looked like me at the linebacker position, too. And they had the best family atmosphere and I just felt most comfortable at Mississippi State."

The Bulldogs' coaching staff played big role in Green's decision.

"All of them were great to me," he said. "They're down to earth people. They made me feel comfortable and I built a good relationship with them."

He is also excited about having the opportunity to play in the SEC.

"Just having that chance to play against the best of the best – playing against those guys – makes you work even harder," he said.

Green will take his official visit in a few weeks.

"I'm taking my official visit on the weekend of Jan. 17," he said. "A lot of other Mississippi State commits and recruits are going to be there, so I'm looking forward to hanging out and bonding with those guys."

Despite being committed to Mississippi State for over four months, other schools have continued to pursue him.

"I'm still getting interest from Ole Miss, Auburn and Vanderbilt," Green said. "They're all trying to get me to take official visits. I think I'm going to take one to Auburn and Vanderbilt. I think the one to Auburn is the weekend of Jan. 24 and the one to Vanderbilt is the weekend of Jan. 31.

"I'm still solid with Mississippi State. I just want to have a chance to go and see the campuses again."

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