QB Garrett Green is Showing Interest in MSU

Notre Dame (CA) High School quarterback Garrett Green is receiving heavy interest from six schools, all of whom have offered with written offers or, in one case, verbal. Green talked about his offers and his opinion of Mississippi State, one of the schools that has offered him.

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Green is not only an outstanding quarterback, but also a great athlete who has run a 4.5 forty and vertical leaped 34.5 inches at a recent combine. Plus, he has the leadership ability that colleges look for in their quarterbacks. So far, six schools have extended scholarship offers with others showing interest.

"Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Duke UNLV, Texas A&M have offered," said the 6-1, 190-pounder. "I have a verbal one from Washington and they said the paperwork is coming. UCLA has been showing interest, but I'm not sure about an offer. I've also gotten letters from the California schools and also from schools like Oregon."

During his most recent Scout.com interview, Green was non-committal about the schools he is most interested in, although he did tell me, during my interview with him, there is definite interest in the schools that have offered him.

"I haven't narrowed it down, because I'm trying to keep my options open, but I'm definitely interested in the ones that have offered me," said the two-time state champion signal-caller.

What will be the criteria he will use when he does start narrowing his list of schools?

"There are a lot of factors," said Green. "I want to be in a position where I can compete for playing time. That is my passion. And I will definitely be looking at the school, as far as off-the-field and opportunities in my (chosen) profession after school (is over)."

Since all the schools that are actively recruiting him are a good distance away from his home, will distance factor into his college choice?

"I'm not real picky on the location," said Green. "I'm willing to go wherever I need to to set myself up in a good situation."

While the colleges that have offered him are recruiting him as a quarterback, some of the others are recruiting him as a safety. Is playing quarterback on the next level a factor in Green's decision-making process?

"As of right now, I'm trying to see what options I have," he said. "But, yeah, quarterback is my passion. And I'm sure that will play a factor down the line when I decide what schools that I am interested in."

Considering Mississippi State is one of the schools that is showing strong interest in him as a quarterback, what does he know about them?

"Not a great deal because I, obviously, haven't been able to see them in person," said Green. "I have gotten to talk with (MSU assistant)Coach (Guy) Holliday and I believe another coach on the staff and they seem like very nice guys and coaches that I would be interested in playing for."

As for Mississippi State's head coach, Sylvester Croom, he doesn't know a lot about him, but has heard some great things.

"I don't know a great deal about him," he said, "I've heard that he's a great coach and a great guy with a lot of energy, but, really, nothing in-depth about him."

When did Mississippi State first get involved in his recruitment?

"Mississippi State probably started sending letters sometimes after the season," Green said. "Then, Guy Holliday came to our school to talk to my coach, Coach Rooney. In May, I got my phone call and they offered shortly after that."

During his conversation with Coach Holliday, what did the coach say he liked about Green?

"He said he likes the character values I have based on what my coach has told him," said Green. "And my leadership ability, as far as winning goes. I think I'm 25 and 1 as a starter. He mentioned that to me."

Because he doesn't know a lot about Mississippi State, he's hoping that he will be able to take a trip to the state of Mississippi and check out the school and football program.

"I have to check my schedule, but I would like to take a visit down there," said Green. "Coach Holliday mentioned that he would like for me to come down and check out the school."

Keep it right here to find out if Green does make it down to Mississippi State. And, if he does, what he thought of his visit.

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Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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