Hoosiers Want Florida ATH Green

IU Assistant Coach Rod Smith, who has deep ties in the state of Florida, isn't mixing his words with Orlando area prospect Tion Green. The IU quarterbacks coach has made it clear that one of his top priorities is getting the 6-foot, 192-pound athlete to don the cream and crimson in 2012.

Assistant Coach Rod Smith, who has deep ties in the state of Florida, isn't mixing his words with Orlando area prospect Tion Green. The IU quarterbacks coach has made it clear that one of his top priorities is getting the 6-foot, 192-pound athlete to don the cream and crimson in 2012.

"Coach Smith really stayed on me and he offered me awhile back, maybe two months ago," said Green. "He came out to my school and really liked me. He wants me to play running back for them and said I could play as a freshman if I come there."

Offering Green as a tailback is something that sets the Hoosiers apart from most of the schools that have offered the Lake Brantley High School product. Most schools see Green as a cornerback at the next level and the majority of his ten offers come on that side of the field. The Hoosiers, though, have seen enough of Green to know to that he could be a dangerous weapon in their offense with his speed and versatility. At Lake Brantley his coach has the luxury of not having to pick just one position for his talented playmaker.

"My school runs the triple option and I pretty much play everything for my high school," said Green. "I will be at quarterback one play, wide receiver the next, then at running back the next and I start on defense, too, so I am pretty much everywhere."

While a very talented cornerback on one side of the field, it's Green's ability in the open field that make offensive coaches salivate.

"I think schools like my versatility and just my spark," said Green, who runs a 4.4 timed 40-yard dash. "If you watch my highlight film I guess the thing that sticks out the most is just making the defender miss. I guess being athletic and just being able to be at a different position like every other play and still making big plays all over the field is something they like."

Currently, Green holds offer from nine schools including the Hoosiers. He hasn't begun to make a short list, but is instead focused on increasing his offer sheet total.

"Florida, Central Florida, West Virginia, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Michigan State could be close to offering," said Green. "I hope to make it to some camps this summer, but I'm not too sure about which ones yet."

Green says he would like to attend a Hoosier camp in the coming months, but isn't sure he can work out transportation to Bloomington for that. He's certain, though, that he will be making a trip this fall to visit the program and says the Hoosiers are an intriguing program.

"Indiana is in the mix for sure," said Green. "I am going to take my official visit there and make some other visits. I am going to make my decision like midway through my season."


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