Skyler Green: LSU Commitment 2002

"Certain coaches would like you to only play football. They don't want you running track, but coach Saban really likes the idea of you running track. That made a big difference." - Skyler Green

The Green families of Donaldsonville have made their mark on LSU football over the last few seasons. Twin brothers Jarvis and Jason are heading into their senior season with the Tigers, and cousin Howard, who was born on the same day as Jarvis and Jason, is also entering his last year of eligibility.

While this portion of the Green clan will be gone in 2002, another member of the family will carry on the standard. Quarterback Skyler Green, currently a junior at Higgins High School in Marerro, verbally committed to play football for LSU after visiting the campus in February.

The first cousin of Howard, Jarvis and Jason is a track sprinter with experience in national competitions, and he has plans to participate in that sport with the Tigers, too.

"I haven't been able to reach my cousins since to tell them I made my decision," Skyler told Tiger Rag last week, "but I'm sure they know by now."

Certainly, the news traveled fast from the Green home in Avondale to the cousins in Donaldsonville - fast like Skyler, who was preparing for a weekend trip to New York City when Tiger Rag reached him at Higgins High. He was traveling to compete for the second straight year in the New Balance National Scholastics Indoor Track & Field Championships. He finished fourth in the 60 meters with a time of 6.88 in the final.

Participating in the 2001 state indoor track meet at LSU's Carl Maddox Field House, Green finished third in the 60 meters, clocking in at an identical 6.48 seconds that he had run in the qualifying heat. At the state outdoor meet last spring, he was third in the 100 (10.68) and second in the 200 (21.89). The winner in both of those races was current LSU running back/sprinter Devery Henderson of Opelousas High School.

Green's best outdoor times are a 10.27 in the 100 meters and 21.13 in the 200.

Higgins football coach Wayne Meyers says Skyler was clocked at 4.25 in the 40-yard dash on turf at a football camp held at the University of Alabama last summer.

"He's a really good athlete," adds Meyers. "He's got a lot of speed. He can catch the ball and run with it, and he's a very good returner. We're going to count on him a lot next season."

LSU was the first school to show a strong interest in Skyler, according to Meyers. Nick Saban and the Tiger coaching staff were familiar with him through videotape highlights and felt strongly enough to extend him a scholarship offer, which he readily accepted.

"I felt at home there," Green explained. "I enjoyed talking with the coaches. I really liked the way I felt when I was on campus. I had gone to a couple of games at Alabama last year and I went up to Ole Miss, but I didn't have the same feeling like I did when I was at LSU."

Green says he doesn't plan on taking any visits between now and national signing day next year, but he will take part in one of Nick Saban's camps over the summer.

As far as the advice his Tiger cousins gave to him before he made his decision, Skyler says they didn't pressure him to choose LSU.

"They said it was up to me," he related. "All I had to do was chose the place that I felt was right and not worry about where they were."

In addition to continuing the Green legacy in LSU football, another factor that weighed in the Tigers' favor was the chance for Skyler to participate in track - something he realized he might not have the opportunity to do with another school.

"Certain coaches would like you to only play football," he said. "They don't want you running track, but coach Saban really likes the idea of you running track. That made a big difference."

A difference maker for the Higgins Hurricanes, Green played quarterback in an offense that emphasizes the run. He accumulated 1,053 yards on 144 carries last season, scored 23 touchdowns and added five 2-point conversions.

With the Tigers, Green will probably fit in as a receiver or running back with the ability to aid special teams. He joins Archbishop Rummel offensive lineman Garett Wibel as the earliest commitments for LSU's signing class of 2002.

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