Green Looking for a Chance

PORTLAND - A couple of years ago, Nick Green was considered a sure bet. Considered one of the top prep prospects from southwestern Washington, the 6-foot-2.5, 205-pound Green transfered from Ridgefield, Wash. to Central Catholic High School in Portland two years ago in the hopes that the step up in competition would also result in a step up in his recruiting attention. But fate had other ideas.

A torn ACL just a week before he was set to start his first game for Central Catholic derailed his junior season. And in recruiting, if you don't have junior film, it's like giving the competition a 20-yard lead in a 100-yard dash.

Green was determined to make it back and make sure coaches remembered all the promise they had seen when watching tape of him slicing and dicing the competition his sophomore year at Ridgefield. And this fall he did just that - running for 602 yards and 10 scores, while throwing for 2712 yards and 30 touchdowns in 13 games.

"For all intent and purpose this was Nick's junior year," Central Catholic Head Coach Steve Pyne told this week. "There would be a lot of QB's hard-pressed to match the numbers he put up."

"They (college coaches) see that I've improved 100 percent and that the injury has no bearing on me whatsoever," Green added. "They couldn't tell any effect from it.

"It's ancient history."

But the question that lingered throughout all of the off-season for Green still hangs like a spectre; are Green's chances at playing in a BCS conference history too?

No way - especially in the wacky world of D1 recruiting. Green and his family have already had in-home visits with Northern Arizona (Souers and Thompson), Idaho State (Jensen), Montana State (Arnold) and Holy Cross. "Army is planning to visit after my official visit to come and talk to me," Green said. He has official Visits to Army (1/5), Idaho State (1/11) and Northern Arizona (1/18), and has also been offered official visits to Montana State, Portland State, Western Washington and others.

Green has offers from Air Force, Army, Northern Arizona and Portland State, so the interest is most definitely there. "I've been writing a list of pros and cons," Green added. "I haven't narrowed anything down yet. When I get back from my official visits, I'll decide fairly soon - probably at the end of January, near Signing Day."

And while many, many prospects are trying to narrow things down around this time in the process, Green is hoping to keep things open, and maybe even complicate the heck out of things if some bigger schools decide the time is right.

"I told him to keep at least one trip open in case some of these coaching changes means a school comes in late," Pyne said.

And with schools out west like Washington State, Colorado State, UCLA and others replacing head coaches, you never know what might transpire. And Green - ranked by as the 36th-best quarterback in the country - is just looking for a chance.

After all, it wasn't too long ago that many considered Green a no-brainer for Pac-10 ball. And he's hoping some coaches remember that.

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