An offseason of hard work through camps and training for Chris Green Jr. earned him two scholarship offers earlier this season. Hawaii was the first school to make the move, setting up a special moment for Green.
“I was on the field and I think [Hawaii] called my phone first, but I was practicing,” Green said. “Then they called my head coach and he handed me the phone and they told me they were offering me. It was just a shock. All my teammates came up and ran to me and made a big dog pile. It was surreal moment and then it sank in, I’ve got my first offer.
“It was a great relief. My mom even cried because she was just so happy for me. It shows that hard work pays off and I was very glad to hear that somebody had the faith to offer me.”
Hawaii Defensive Backs Coach Abe Elimimian traveled to Los Angeles High School on the Tuesday of the team’s bye week. Within 48 hours, Elimimian had shared his thoughts and film with the rest of the UH staff and the call to offer was made.
“Abe told me he watched my film, he sent it to the D-line coach, the head coach and the defensive coordinator and they liked it,” Green said. “They liked my explosiveness and how I was playing.”
Of what he thinks of Hawaii, Green said, “I know they are a growing program and they’re trying to get more athletes here in California to build on the program. The coach told me I’ll for sure have a chance to play soon or play as early as I work for it if I perform. I know they have a beautiful campus and they want me to come on an unofficial later in the year to get to know the program.”
After Green posted 1.5 sacks in a near upset over one of the nation’s best high school teams, Narbonne High School, a second school made an offer - Nevada. Nevada Tight Ends Coach Cheston Blackshear has been his primary recruiter, keeping in constant contact. Other schools actively showing interest include UCLA, Colorado, Cal, Kansas State, New Mexico and Nebraska.
Of his senior season, Green said, “I’ve really stepped my game up. It started in the offseason where I had to work hard and get ready for the season. I’ve had no injuries, so that’s great.
“I’m getting off the ball much better and using more technique, using the swim and rip moves. I have a better mindset in my head to make plays and get to the backfield. My game has really improved in the last months through coaching and technique I’ve been taught. I also have Martin Andrus, a four-star defensive lineman next to me, practicing and competing with him every day has made me much better.”