There was certainly a lot of excitement around Husker Nation when Madison High School defensive back Andrew Green committed to the big red. At 6-1 and 175 pounds Green had better than ideal size, and other schools such as Oklahoma State, Missouri and Iowa State had already offered.
He was definitely a good grab for the Huskers.
But with Andrew now preparing to arrive in Lincoln the first week of June the attention focuses squarely on his younger brother. Actually, it's been focused on him for some time.
Putting it simply, Aaron Green will be one of the hotter names in the country. Out of all the running backs, quarterbacks, wide receivers – you name it, this young man will find his name consistently amongst the elite.
That's what you get when you run for over 2,000 yards as a sophomore, while getting into the end zone 27 times. In his first game as a sophomore, going against Kerville Tivy, Green totaled 428 yards rushing, and he scored a San Antonio city record nine touchdowns.
At 5-10 and around 170 pounds he's not huge, but his so-called disadvantage in size is more than compensated for with track-speed and lightning-quick moves.
He's one of the best.
He's one of those types of players that while schools can't offer you in writing right now they still want you to know that you are going to get one. So, even if they aren't one of the first to come out of the mailbox, they were one of the first to tell you just how much they wanted you on their team.
Green says that four schools have already told him that when they can offer him they will. "Texas A&M, Nebraska, Georgia and Oklahoma have all told me they were going to offer me," Aaron said. "I have gotten a lot of letters and stuff from other schools, but those are the ones that said I'll have an offer from them."
You'd have to forgive Aaron if he doesn't really grasp how significant that is or just how unique the situation, that a young man knows he's going to get at least four written offers most likely on the first day of September, all from programs all with their own storied histories of great running games.
And that's just the beginning.
Think about the fact that his older brother had nine written offers before his recruiting process was done. That's good. You don't have to be a recruitnik to know that the percentage of all the prep football players in the country who will get even one scholarship offer from one school, regardless of division, is miniscule at best. So, nine is good.
19 is a bit better. Or 29, maybe 39. Higher? Could be, but a lot of that has to do with Aaron himself.
You see, if Aaron were to get an offer from Texas right away and then commit to them, chances are most schools wouldn't even waste the amount of money it would take to mail him the offer at all. Some might. USC certainly isn't scared of recruiting wherever they like, and nowadays Florida carries that same kind of prestige. You can bet that Nebraska would still go after him, because his brother is a member of the big red.
But that's about it. If he committed early enough and to the right school, most schools would just opt out and move on to greener pastures.
That's probably not going to happen though.
If Aaron learned one important thing about recruiting as he watched his brother go through it, it was to make sure you don't make an early decision unless it's for the right reasons. "Take your time. I know that's what he always said I should do. Just take your time," Aaron said of Andrew's advice as it became obvious that he was going to be a very popular young man down the road. "He said that you don't rush to decisions after your visits even if you think that might be the one. You need to be smart."
Aaron recalled the story of Andrew himself who came back from one of his visits, one which blew him away. But that didn't stop Andrew from visiting other places. "He came back from Nebraska, and he couldn't stop talking about it, because he said it was just that good," Aaron said. "And he would go to visit other colleges, and he would come back, say it was good, but it wasn't as good as Nebraska. I knew in my heart he was going to go there before all that, because he just talked about them all the time."
Of course Andrew is doing most of his talking to Aaron. Not as a recruiting pitch, mind you. They are brothers, after all. And Aaron will have two full seasons that he could potentially watch his brother play at Nebraska, while he works on his own game. It's a game that Aaron says he doesn't feel is even close to where he wants it to be. "I'm strong and I'm fast, but I'm not strong enough or fast enough to be happy," he said. "I want to take my game to another level, and then I want to take it to another level after that."
That's a pretty lofty goal when you consider how good he's perceived to be already. But when you compare them to Green's own goals you can see why he's thinking he has to improve. You'd have to, to be able to do what he feels he should do every single time he touches the ball.
"I want to score. I mean, as far as I am concerned there isn't a play in that playbook that wasn't designed to score. So, that's what I want to do," Aaron said. "I think that's the mentality you should have, because if you don't want to take it to the house every time you touch the ball you aren't doing what you are being asked to do."
He'll have plenty of opportunities.
Sure, he'll have the carries, but again, he's also got the time. Two year's worth, two season's worth, more than likely around 25 games.
That's a lot of time Aaron is going to change, grow and become even better than he already is.
But between now and then the question might get asked a hundred times, probably a thousand times: will you follow your brother to play for the Huskers?
Recruiting has barely even registered with Aaron, though, he is looking at the impending visit with his brother back to Lincoln to help him move in early June, certainly as an unofficial-unofficial visit. And then he said he'll head over to Oklahoma at some point. After that it's a trip to Los Angeles, but this isn't a back-and-forth over a couple of days. He'll be there a month.
"I am going to stay with my family there for about a month. And UCLA has been sending me letters, so I thought I might check them out, and maybe I'll check out USC," he said.
Back to the question, though, about playing with his older brother, it's inevitably going to come up. You'd think it would have to. Even though Andrew has told Aaron to do what's best for him, the younger brother can't help but think of what playing with the older brother felt like. "it was real fun this last year playing with him. Just to be there with him was special," he said. "We have been with each other our whole life, but to be on the same team together playing the sport we both love, that was something."
I had to ask Aaron about what he thought about all the attention, even though it's very limited in regard to what colleges can send, and only the recruiting services call kids who haven't even hit their junior season. So, that's the good part, but we can call this the calm before the recruiting storm.
The heaps of mail, the gobs of offers, the deluge of phone calls – all of it is part and parcel to being one of the highest ranked kids across the land. Green said that he appreciates that potential, but said that you can only appreciate it so much. You still have to keep on doing what got you there. "If you think about how good you are you won't get any better, and there isn't a player out there who can't fix certain things about how they play," he said. "I'm taking this whole process in, not letting it get to me and just taking my time and making sure that where I go is the right place.
"I definitely have the time to figure that out."
It will be time where Husker fans will be drooling for any news about Andrew's little brother. It will be a time where his name will rise up the charts, his list of offers will expand and before you know it he's officially ranked amongst the elite.
With two more seasons to play Green figures that's a lot of stuff others can worry about, because he's thinking about what he can control and not worry about the other stuff he can't. "My goal is to work out regularly, eat right and stay close with my family. Those are the things I think about," he said. "But all this recruiting stuff, it's really nothing to me right now. I am just taking it all in.
"I can't even think of when I might want to make my decision. But I know it's not going to be anytime soon. I'm taking this one really slow and doing it right."