Another Nebraskan on ISU's Radar Screen

He might have been under the radar screens of several top programs in the Midwest unlike other fellow Nebraskans to sign with Iowa State in recent years, but this Omaha standout would like to make the same impact at the Division I level.

Benson athlete Tierre Green, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder with 4.5 speed, just recently received a scholarship offer from ISU to go along with ones from Nebraska and San Jose State. He is in the process of scheduling official visits to four schools.

"I have scheduled an official visit to Nebraska on the 17th of January and still need to get in touch with the guy from San Jose State. The Iowa State coach is supposed to be coming out here this month. I'll most likely visit those two in January. I'm still waiting for an offer from Colorado State."

A number of factors are working in the Cyclones' favor, said Green.

"They would definitely rank in my top three right now," he said. "They had a pretty good season, but kind of took a dip at the end. They did beat my home team Nebraska. I look at their program developing and it looks like they're on their way to being one of the better teams in the Big 12. I'm really impressed with that."

The track record of players like JaMaine Billups, Nick Leaders and Stevie Hicks are also weighing heavily on his mind.

"I see a lot of those guys making their decisions to go there instead of Nebraska, so obviously they've seen something good about the program when they've gone out there to visit," Green said. "That of course would be a factor, knowing that people from my own state consider that program highly."

ISU wide receivers coach and proven recruiter of the Omaha-Lincoln area Mike Grant is the one calling on Green.

"Iowa State's shown a lot of interest in me," Green said. "Over the past year, Iowa State and Nebraska have sent me the most letters and contacted me the most. I've talked to Coach Grant a couple of times and it seemed like he was really interested in me. My coach really speaks highly of him. He's wanted to know a lot more and visit with me more about the school."

Green is being recruited more for his athletic ability and size than for a certain position. Playing out his high school career for 1-8 Benson, he played safety and recorded 80 tackles, two forced fumbles and one interception. Battling some injuries this season, he rushed for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns. He's more than capable as a pass-catcher, too, and hauled in 10 passes for more than 100 yards.

Although he's made it clear he'll play anywhere, Green does admit to having a favorite.

"Most colleges are looking at me as either or," he said. "I play running back and safety. I've expressed that I would like to try to at least play running back. I just like scoring, really. It's fun for me. If anything, I'd really like to play running back.

"I could be described as a complete back. I can catch the ball out of the backfield. I can run some people over, lower my shoulder and get some extra yards. Plus I can break tackles and have moves."

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