A Changed Man

He appeared to come out of no where. He had the size and ability, but he lacked name recognition.

Just over a year ago Marcus Green was a name on an internet prospect list. Since that time Green was named to the Clarion Ledger's Dandy Dozen, selected 1st team All-State and named the Meridian Star's Player of the Year.

The home town hero led his high school team to the playoffs after finishing 1-9 the year before. He picked up scholarship offers from Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss before deciding on State. Now that things have begun to calm down, Green looks ahead.

"The hardest part was all of the rumors," said Marcus. "The rumors were out there that I had decommitted and I was going to Alabama. That never happened. I never changed my commitment from Mississippi State."

Marcus has the ability to play several positions if necessary. The earlier part of Marcus' recruitment, most coaches were not quite sure where to use Green.

"In the beginning they were talking to me about safety or wide receiver," said Marcus. "They told me I could play running back, but you never know it could change when I get up there. Coach said we may run some different things. Like he said they could use me to run some option and things like that because I have done it before."

The newest Bulldogs will have the luxury of learning from All-SEC Freshman tailback Anthony Dixon. Green had the chance to chat with Dixon on his official visit.

"I got to talk with him some," said Marcus. "He told me that Coach Croom was a man of his word and if he told you something you could believe it."

Coach Croom has reported that the Bulldogs will look to maximize their speed, by getting Dixon on the field at the same time as the incoming freshman.

"I don't know anything about Robert Elliot," confessed Marcus. "We talked about things when it was me and Lee Chambers heading up there. We haven't talked about it since (Robert) signed. The main thing they told me is to get ready. I have been working out and running so I will be ready when I get there."

Green reports that the recruiting process at times became exhausting, but he is a better person because of it.

"I can't really say I'm back to the same old Marcus," said the talented Green. "I'm different. I'm a Dawg now."

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