DeMatha's Green Interested in Terps, Wolfpack

It was quite a 2013 season for DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), which won its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title since 2008 and will likely finish ranked No. 1 in the Maryland State Media Poll. Junior safety Tyler Green was a backup this year, but he still played a key role in the team's success.

It was quite a 2013 season for DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.), which won its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title since 2008 and will likely finish ranked No. 1 in the Maryland State Media Poll. An ultra-talented, senior-laden squad, the Stags rolled through the campaign with just one loss and dismantled St. John's in the title game, 31-10.

"It felt great to be apart of a championship winning team. I'm blessed to be part of the 2013 team that put DeMatha back on top," said junior safety Tyler Green, who was primarily a backup this year. "A lot of people doubted us, but it's a great feeling to prove them wrong and get back the winning tradition here at DeMatha."

Although the 6-foot-2, 215-pound Green didn't start, he did make plenty of contributions rotating in. He tallied 15 tackles, had a couple tackles for loss and recorded a pass breakup or two while playing primarily a strong safety role.

"When I was able to get in I made plays," Green said. "All that mattered to me was that I did my part to help the team win when I was called on to go in the game."

Even though Green isn't a household name like many of the Stags' elite 2014 recruits, he is probably DeMatha's top class of 2015 prospect who will be returning to Hyattsville next year. The junior safety quietly picked up offers from N.C. State and Maryland back during the summer and received a boatload of interest during the fall.

He said Rutgers, Clemson, Temple, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Missouri, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Auburn, Boston College and Miami have all been sending plenty of mail and have been in contact with his head coach, Elijah Brooks.

"It's really picking up for me, so I expect some more offers to come in this offseason," said Green, who visited Penn State last weekend, the second time he'd seen the school. "I'm going to be taking some visits, going to some more camps and seeing what happens from there."

Green hauled in his Terps offer after his team participated in a 7-on-7 in College Park. He said his recruiter, Mike Locksley, informed Brooks UMD was extending the verbal, Green's second that summer after picking up N.C. State at a Wolfpack camp in July.

"Maryland's a great school academically and as a football team they're trying to build something big there," Green said. "They're trying to bring in a lot of top local guys and they're trying to build something new, kind of like us at DeMatha. They're starting new in the Big Ten and want to build up, and there's something that's very appealing about that. Going to a new conference, having high goals, there's definitely something positive going on there."

Green said he's been in touch with Locksley "here and there." He said the Maryland offensive coordinator attended a DeMatha game this fall and was in the school talking to Brooks during the open recruiting period.

"Coach Locksley is a really good guy and I'm looking forward to building a stronger relationship with him," Green said. "I talked to him at a Maryland game I went to and he's a cool guy."

That Terps' game Green referred to was the Maryland-Clemson bout at Byrd Stadium, which UMD ended up losing, 40-27. But the home team showed some grit against a nationally-ranked foe, and apparently that resonated with Green.

"I liked how Maryland showed some fight," he said. "A lot of people thought Clemson would roll them, but Maryland wasn't soft. They didn't come out on top, but they still played really well. I like the way they play, and I like being down there."

Green plans to return to College Park at some point this offseason. He said he'd "love to get back" and meet the coaches and see the campus again.

If the Terps can bring in Green next year, it would be a step in the right direction for UMD, which missed on elite DeMatha's 2014 class (the jury is still out on lineman Brock Ruble).

"I really like Maryland," Green said. "I'm not sure what went on with the 2014 [DeMatha] class, but Maryland is always around here. They come through; we always see them here. They might not offer every time they come, but the relationship is there and definitely they're in here at DeMatha. There's a connection there."

Of course, Maryland is not the only school Green is looking at. Right now, he seems intrigued by N.C. State, a school he's visited three times. His current teammate, senior Deonte Holden, is committed to the Wolfpack and has been talking them up for some time.

"On Nov. 30 I actually plan on going back down to N.C. State again with Deonte and Lorenzo Harrison," Green said. "I just like the area there and the coaches. I like that they were the first ones that pulled the trigger. They believed I had something even though I wasn't the starter at safety. Coach McNutt is a great guy and it's a family down there.

"And Deonte loves it there. Every time I come to school he puts up the Wolfpack sign and says Wolfpack this, Wolfpack that. He's always pushing N.C. State and would really like for me to join him there."

After N.C. State, Green plans to see Florida State and a few other schools in the region. His father is from Florida, so he'll have a chance to check out a few programs down there, while his mother is from Pennsylvania.

"I'm going to try and take a bunch of visits this offseason," Green said. "There's a lot of places I want to try and see. I'm wide open with my recruiting."

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