Trotwood-Madison Running Back Visits UI

Trotwood-Madison High School in Ohio turns out quality Division 1 football prospects yearly. The Fighting Illini already have one of their players committed, another is considering the UI, and two others have committed to major colleges. But the star of their state championship game last fall has no offers yet. Running back Israel Green visited the Illini recently.

Running back Israel Green had a phenomenal state championship game for Trotwood-Madison last fall.

"I had six touchdowns at the state championship game and 326 yards gained. We won, and I think I broke two Division II state records that game. We had a great year, going 15-0 and getting our first state championship for the school. I finished off with over 2000 yards and 27 touchdowns."

One would think college recruiters are beating down his door to recruit him, but that hasn't been the case.

"I'm getting mail from Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Illinois, Toledo, Penn State, Penn, those type of schools. I don't have any offers yet. Hopefully it starts coming soon."

The 5'-9", 200 pounder describes assets that should serve him well at the college level.

"My vision, I can see the hole real good. And I can break tackles."

Perhaps the aspect he wishes to improve is a concern for colleges.

"I want to work on my speed."

Regardless, the Illini hosted him for an unofficial visit recently. He got a quick tour and watched a spring scrimmage.

"I got to look around the campus and everything. I like the feel. We went by the Business office since I want to major in Business. I really like the campus.

"I liked the scrimmage. I was looking at the running back #6 (Josh Ferguson). He looked real good and busted out a long run."

Illini running back coach Tim Salem made a good impression.

"I like him. I was familiar with some of the drills, jump cuts and stuff. I really like it. He says he works with the trainers to help each running back get better. That sounds good to me."

Head coach Tim Beckman also made a strong impression on "Izzy."

"I like Coach Beckman. I didn't know him when he was at Toledo. I just met him this year. But I've talked to him on Facebook."

Green has unique preferences when selecting a college.

"I like Memorial Stadium. That's one of the first things I look for. I look for offensive linemen, and I look for academics as well. I try to stay at a 3.0 grade point average."

Trotwood-Madison is always loaded with talent. Illinois is involved strongly with two upcoming seniors and has offered four other underclassmen already. Green rattled off some of the big name talent.

"Cameron Burrows, Mike McCray, Reon Dawson, Jarrod Clements. Every day in practice, I have to go all out against them. Going against great competition makes us all better."

He leaves no doubt he expects his high school to dominate its division again in 2012.

"We plan on going back to state next year, go hard again because we've mostly got everyone coming back. We've got a new offensive line though, and a new fullback. I'm working them hard so we can get back."

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