ACC, Big 12, Big Ten visits for East No. 10 DT David Green

Pittsburgh Central Catholic David Green discusses the key factors of his recruitment.

Less than a mile down the road from Pittsburgh Central Catholic sits the University of Pittsburgh.

Six hours away is Virginia Tech. So is Syracuse. Thirteen hours to the west and a bit north is Minnesota. And as David Green, a defensive tackle prospect, will learn in early May, it is more than 12 hours to Iowa State.

So as the 6-foot-1, 265-pound Green looks at schools -- the five mentioned are the ones he speaks with the most -- his comfort level playing away from home is a big part of the equation.

"That is really my biggest concern, figuring (distance) out," Green said. "Another big thing for me is when do I want to pick a school? I'm still not sure about it. It's still early in the process, but I never want to wait too late and one of the opportunities goes away."

Green made a visit to Minnesota a few weeks ago, and the message from coach P.J. Fleck resonated.

"He's a straightforward person," Green said. "He told me he wasn't going to pursue me to commit. He said he was going to pursue me on what they had to offer, and if I wasn't the person willing to put everything into it, then it wasn't the place for me, and he is not the coach for me because he's ready to get down to business."

So, is Green that type of player?

"I like hearing that stuff," he said. "You never want to hear a coach sugarcoat anything, like where they promise you something but they don't always backup their promise. He kept it straightforward."

The trip was packed with activities and meetings, and Green saw plenty.

"It was all-around a great visit. I am glad I made the trip out there," he said. "They showed me everything they had to offer. They showed me the academics, the facilities, all of the campus, where all the players stay, took me through the buildings. When I get to college I want to major in business, and they took me through their business institute building. They showed me all they had to offer."

A few days ago Green was at Virginia Tech. He did not tour the campus and learn about the academics, but he saw plenty on the football side.

"I really enjoyed it," he said. "Their indoor facility is gigantic. They said it was the biggest in college, as of right now. I saw their weight room and all their facilities for football, and it was great.

"I like their staff. They were telling me they love the way I play, and they think I would be a great fit on their defensive line."

Another ACC school, Syracuse, hosted Green on an unofficial visit, and he is hopeful of getting back to get a deeper look at the school.

"They are rebuilding their program so they are really young," he said. "I didn't get to see the academic side, but what they have to offer with their football facilities and stuff like that, it's a great place."

Green's next trip is set for Iowa State on May 8.

"They show a lot of interest in me," Green said. "They were one of the first schools to offer me at the end of my sophomore year. They kept staying in touch with me, and I think it will be a great place to go visit and see what they have to offer."

Closer to home -- much, much closer -- is Pittsburgh, a school Green knows very well.

"When I see Pitt, I see home," he said. "It's like I'm not going anywhere. My school is right there, and if I go to college there, I'm still right there. I won't be that far away from the family. It's just a couple of minutes away. I can take a 20-minute drive to my house."

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