Green Aiming For Personal Improvement

Throughout the past few weeks, Christian Green has enjoyed an advantage many of his counterparts in other states do not have. Spring football has allowed him to work on his game while taking his mind off recruiting. In this update find out Green's thoughts on the process, Ohio State and his unofficial trip to Columbus.

For the last three weeks, Christian Green has had something more important than being recruited on his mind.

When the calendar turned to May, the four-star wide receiver prospect and his teammates at Tampa (Fla.) Catholic turned their focus to spring football. May 22 will mark the final day of the session, which culminates with a spring jamboree wherein four teams each play two quarters' worth of football.

After that, the 6-2, 185-pound Green will turn his attention back to the recruiting process.

"For me right now, I'm just trying to focus on getting better as a player and getting my teammates better," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "There have been a lot of things going on as far as recruiting, but I've been trying to focus on my high school team rather than focusing on recruiting right now."

That has meant working on his skills as a quarterback. Although Scout.com ranks him as the No. 8 wide receiver prospect in the country, Green has not played that position full-time since his freshman year. That season, he said he finished second on the team in touchdowns.

But the following year, Green found himself lining up under center instead of out wide.

"We had three quarterbacks including me," he said. "We were all competing for the quarterback spot and then they both transferred out, so that left me as the only guy to play the position."

This spring, he started out working at both positions but wound up working almost exclusively at quarterback when the team's second-string signal caller went down with an injury. His focus throughout the drills has been on improving his footwork and becoming better with his technique as a quarterback, both running and passing.

As a junior, Green led his team to the third round of the state playoffs while completing 66 percent of his passes for 1,120 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushing for 600 yards and five more scores.

"I feel like I'm a leader but I also feel that we have enough players around me who can make plays and not let the team lose," he said. "I also feel like I definitely have to be one of the leaders on the team."

Given the choice, Green said he prefers to play wide receiver at the next level.

"Some schools are looking at me as a quarterback, like Michigan," he said. "Tennessee is looking at me to play a little bit of quarterback, and Alabama. I really enjoy playing wide receiver."

Although the spring has allowed Green to push recruiting to the back of his mind, he has not been able to shut it out completely. A number of coaches from across the country have been on hand to take in his practices including Ohio State wide receivers coach Darrell Hazell, who was on hand May 19.

Although the coach who is primarily recruiting him is cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson, Green said he met Hazell while in Columbus this spring for an unofficial visit.

"I went up there this spring and I really enjoyed meeting everybody and stuff like that," he said. "It's been a real good, top-notch program. I came up during the spring. They weren't practicing, but we went up there, me and my family and we visited some of the parts of the campus."

As a result of that trip, Green said OSU will definitely be on his list when he starts narrowing his choices.

"I definitely enjoyed it," he said of the trip. "I think it's a great university. The people up there seem like they're real down-to-earth and good people to talk to. Everything from the equipment to all the top-notch stuff, they're definitely one of the best universities in the country, I think."


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