2013 RB Has Notre Dame Atop His List

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic running back Ryan Green, a member of the 2013 class, made an unofficial visit to Notre Dame to see the Air Force game. After returning from his visit, he spoke to IrishEyes.com about his visit, and why the Irish sit atop his five-offer list.

St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic's Ryan Green held a Notre Dame offer, was intrigued by the school for a long time, and his class of 2014 tight end was making a visit for the Air Force.

So, the class of 2013 Green joined Reilly Gibbons and his family, made the drive from the Gulf Coast to South Bend (Ind.) to watch the Irish dismantle Air Force.

What the 5-foot-11, 190-pound Green didn't expect was to leave Notre Dame with such a great feeling.

"Notre Dame would be ranked No. 1 right now," Green said. "I like the tradition and what I saw from the play up there."

Green holds offers from Notre Dame, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Purdue, and many more are expected as his junior season unfolds. He already made visits for games at Florida, Florida State and UCF, but the experience of Notre Dame stood out.

"It was nice," he said. "I've never seen tradition like that at any college before, and the fan base (was great). Pregame was the main thing. It was amazing, honestly."

During the visit he was able to meet with his recruiting coach, assistant Tony Alford, and with a number of the players.

"I met with coach Alford and a lot of other coaches," he said. "I spoke to coach (Brian) Kelly. It was a quick ‘hi.' "

Academics will play a huge rule in Green's decision, and Notre Dame could fit in well there. "If I do choose to go there, I think I would be up to the challenge," Green said.

The Notre Dame trip likely will not be the last one Green and Gibbons make.

"Reilly and I are talking about getting to California to see USC play," Green said. "I have a lot of family out there, and I know they're a good football program. I've liked USC since I was a little kid, so I want to visit there."

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