When the new Iowa State staff finished evaluating Northeast Oklahoma A&M offensive lineman Karson Green's film last week, assistant Alex Golesh made a trip south to offer the physical mid-year transfer a scholarship.
The 6-foot-5, 294-pound versatile lineman had been recruited by the previous coaching staff, and now the new one wants to get him to Iowa State. That interest was made apparent Tuesday when new coach Matt Campbell visited Green in Oklahoma with Golesh and offensive line coach Tom Manning.
“The visit was great,” Green said Tuesday. “I enjoyed meeting Campbell and Manning. The message intrigued me due to the fact that I have an opportunity to play Big 12 football and have a chance to compete for a starting spot right away. He said I can come in and compete at the tackle position, but in other places as well. I was a very versatile player in high school and JUCO and could compete for different positions [next season].”
Green played center at Madill High School (Okla.) and has played all three positions across the offensive line at NEO A&M College. Regarded as a tough-nosed, physical lineman, Green will sign with a school next Wednesday and will arrive at his future home in January with three years to play two.
Green, who has offers from New Mexico, Middle Tennessee State, Akron, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State and Texas-San Antonio, has made stops at Middle Tennessee State, New Mexico and East Carolina and will get a closer look at Iowa State during an official visit this weekend.
“It's a huge opportunity on a college football scale,” Green said of the new Iowa State offer. “Playing in the Big 12 has been a dream of mine since I was a small kid. Being recruited by ISU is a blessing and I thank God each day for what I have been blessed with.”
Iowa State is in need of another immediate-impact offensive lineman as it graduates four impact linemen from the 2015 season. The Cyclones have a commitment from guard Oge Udeogu, but Green would give the program a tackle who can also shift and compete on the interior if needed.
On film, Green shows up with explosiveness and as an aggressive blocker. That’s one aspect of his game that Green relishes and one which Iowa State admires.
“I take a lot of pride in being the nastiest player on the field,” Green said. “No one will out hustle me, out effort me. Guys will be more talented but I feel like my football IQ and work ethic will lead me to where I want to be.”
Green is keeping an open mind as he nears his decision and expects to commit to a school no later than next Monday before signing Wednesday and arriving at a school in January.
“Being a mid-year guy helps because you get to go through winter conditioning, learn the offense and compete in all aspects,” Green said. “[You] become acclimated with the school and everyone and [it] will help me have a head start on other players competing.”