Green ready to make a difference

Jayhawk Nation may not yet be familiar with the name of Julius Green, but it's a safe bet they soon will be.

Green was supposed to be one of Head Coach Turner Gill's late additions to the Class of 2010 – a steal out of Aldine (TX) High School. A raw, 6-foot-7, 245-pound defensive end as a high school senior, the big Texan was all athletic ability with little in the way of polish.

He continued to fly largely under the radar, picking up an offer from Northwestern and interest from a few others, until Kansas defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt walked into Aldine High last spring. He saw Green filling out a form, on which he listed the names and contact information of all the junior colleges and four-year programs recruiting him.

"He was like, 'Hey man, write my number down, too," Green remembered. "He's been with me ever since then."

It didn't take long for the new Kansas coaching staff to evaluate his film, extend a scholarship offer, and get him on campus. Green took an official visit to campus in May, committed to the Jayhawks shortly thereafter, and it looked like Gill and Wyatt had landed one of their first hidden gems.

Only things didn't work out quite as planned. An academic snafu revealed that Green was one class short in his high school requirements, and would not be cleared for college competition in 2010.

Rather than pout, he instead chose to get to work. Returning home and taking a class worth a half a credit at Houston Community College, he is now academically qualified and, thanks to long hours spent training in the weight room, weighing in at 269 pounds.

Another visit to the Lawrence, Kan. campus last weekend only solidified his desire to become a part of the Jayhawk family.

"I can't really put my finger on one thing," Green said, of what attracted him to Kansas. "It's just the whole atmosphere that caught my eye. The fact that they offered me, they continued to offer me, they stuck with me through all those things I had to go through with the NCAA. It showed loyalty."

Slated to hit campus and challenge immediately for a spot opposite sophomore Toben Opurum at defensive end, Green will enroll for the spring semester and participate in spring football.


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