College interest is growing for Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei defensive tackle Chris Green Jr.

Green is picking up interest from the Pac-12 and Mountain West and could see offers soon with good showings at The Opening and satellite camps this offseason.

The class of 2017 at Mater Dei High school in Santa Ana, California is loaded with next-level talent. Several members of the secondary hold offers, two linebackers and wide receiver Osiris St. Brown leads the pack, but scouts are now taking notice of one athlete in the trenches, Chris Green Jr..
 
Green stands at 6-foot-2 and 280 lbs who's naturally heavy handed with his hands, very athletic and uses both his strength and his speed as a factor on the defensive line.
 
“One of my biggest strengths of my game is my quickness, size and strength ,"Green said. “I bench 390 pounds, so my ability to move people out of my way is not something I struggle with. I have a lot of diversity in my game. I’m not just big, I'm violent with my hands, I’m quick and learning how to be more fluid with my hips as well." 
 
Green’s recruitment has picked up as of late. He’s hearing from a variety of schools including Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal, Fresno State, Nevada and UCLA. That list is sure to grow with a revolving door of coaches coming by his school to check out the talent.
 
“Recruiting so far, it’s been going kind of good for me,” Green said. “My high school career has been good playing at Mater Dei. I had a good season last year but because of the work I have been putting in I’m looking for this season to be a breakout year personally and record wise for our team because we are loaded with division one talent and playing at Mater Dei helps me with recruiting because others around me are going to the next level as well. 
 
“Arizona has been showing  a lot of interest the coaches have told me they’re going to see me this spring. Everyone wants to see a lineman in person so that’s good news… I’ve been talking to coach (Marcel) Yates and (Vincent) Emey.”
 
Green spent last fall fighting off double teams as a nose guard in a 3-4 defense, but now is hoping to show off his talents in the offseason camps circuit. He received an invite to The Opening in Oakland on May 22 and will also be camping with Arizona, UCLA and USC this year.
 
“I will do my best in my 40 which I know I can do,” Green said. “I’m running a 4.9 and I’ve been practicing a lot to maintain my speed. I want to show my quickness to everyone and to whoever I go against in the one-on-one dills so I can beat them. "losing is not a option for me this season."
 
Stay tuned for more on Green as Scout will be covering The Opening event coming later this month. 

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