Northeast Oklahoma A&M offensive lineman Karson Green has dreamed of playing Big 12 football, and now the tough-nosed prospect soon will.
The 6-foot-5, 294-pound versatile lineman started Iowa State’s weekend cap with a bang early Sunday when he committed to Iowa State. Green netted the offer from the Cyclones after new coach Matt Campbell arrived and hosted coaches this week ahead of his visit.
“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,” Green said. “[Coach Campbell] 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].”
Iowa State graduates four offensive linemen from the 2015 season and Green will combine with fellow mid-year signee Oge Udeogu to bolster the line immediately in 2016.
Green played center at Madill High School (Okla.) and has played all three positions across the offensive line at NEO A&M College. He ultimately committed to Iowa State over offers from New Mexico, Middle Tennessee State, Akron, East Carolina, Florida Atlantic, Georgia State and Texas-San Antonio.
“It's a huge opportunity on a college football scale,” Green said. “Playing in the Big 12 has been a dream of mine since I was a small kid. Being recruited my ISU is a blessing and I thank God each day for what I have been blessed with.”
Green will sign with Iowa State on Wednesday and will arrive in Ames in January with three years to play two.
“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.”