Green emerging on the scene

Defensive lineman Rasheem Green of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra may be a sophomore new to the game of football, but he's caught the attention of the nation's premier programs. Green talks about his most recent offer from Notre Dame, what the Irish like about his game, and what other schools have expressed interest.

Sophomore defensive end Rasheem Green of Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra may not be an experienced player, but his upside is undeniable.

"I am still getting a feel for how to play the game," Green said. "I haven't played a lot of football in life since I grew up playing basketball, but I'm getting better."

Schools have taken notice of Green's potential, and Notre Dame joins a growing list of impressive suitors.

"UCLA, Miami, USC, Florida, California, Notre Dame, Utah, Tennessee, and Washington, are the schools that have offered me," Green said.

The 6-foot-5, 269-pound lineman says the appeal to Notre Dame is the balance of education and football that the Irish can offer.

"Notre Dame is a really good school and they are one of the best football programs in the nation," Green said. "They are one of the best schools if you want a good education and to play on a good football team."

"Notre Dame likes how I can stop the run, and how I have good hands," Green said. "I play a low pad level and have pretty good speed and strength."

The Irish have been pretty frequent visitors at Green's school, as Junipero Serra junior cornerback Adoree' Jackson is a prime target for the Irish.

"I know that Coach Kelly is a good coach and he is very well-respected here," Green said.

Green says it's too early to think favorites.

"I went to USC this spring, and it was a cool visit," Green said. "I don't know my plans yet for this summer. I'm pretty wide open right now. I don't have any favorites."

"He's a ridiculous athlete," Serra coach Scott Altenberg said in a previous interview. "He's still only 15 years old too, that's the scary part. He can broad jump 9'2", bench press over 300 pounds and full squat 445."

That's not bad for a sophomore who has yet to play a full season of high school varsity football. Top Stories