Cowboys Add Kicker/Punter To Class

"Yes sir, I committed to Oklahoma State two days ago," answered Lexington (Lafayette), Kentucky kicker Matt Green when asked if he had made a recent decision.

"It is the best, in my opinion. I think it is the best football school in America," Green continued, "and they have a wonderful tradiiton of kickers with (Dan) Bailey and (Quinn) Sharp, you know with Bailey winning the Lou Groza Award and then Matt Fodge winning the Ray Guy."

Green becomes the 23rd commitment in the 2011 Oklahoma State football recruiting class. While he had been on their radar screen and they on his for awhile, the recent situation with two specialists, punter Quinn Sharp and deep snapper Marc Yerry, not making the bowl trip for academic reasons could have caused a heightened awareness of the need.

The Sharp situation and with Bailey being a senior there was a possibility that freshman Bobby Stonebraker might be the only kicker remaining on the roster.

Green, who earned all-area honors as a senior with a long 44-yard field goal and 87 percent of his kickoffs going into the end zone or out, came to Stillwater last summer for a kicking camp.

"That is where I think they may have really become sold on me," said Green, who as a junior at Lafayette High School was a standout as a kicker and was named second team all-area. "I had a good camp and then I came back on an unofficial visit for a game, the Nebraska game."

Green told us he had also considered Cincinnati, The Citadel, Maryland, and Dayton as other schools.

He is rated the 10th best kicker in the nation on the Chris Sailer kicking list. Sailer, the former UCLA and professional kicker, has an extensive camps and competition program and Green has been very active in that attending camps in Texas and California and the annual competitions in Las Vegas. He will compete there again following his official visit in Stillwater in January (Jan. 14).

"I really can't tell you all the schools that I heard from or had contact with," he said.

As a punter, Green had an average of 35 yards as both a junior and a senior. As a senior he had a long punt of 57 yards and seven kicks inside the 20-yard line. His junior season he had a 56-yard long punt and nine punts pinned inside 20.

When asked if he was a kicker or a punter, Green answered, "I am a kicker but Coach (Joe) DeForest told me he's going to make me a combo guy."

The 6-2, 230-pounder moves well with a 4.8 time on the forty. He has a 220-pound bench press and a 345-pound squat max with a 24-inch vertical.

Green said that both his mom and dad graduated from Ohio State University, but that he is up for a change.

"It will be an adventure, but I really like the area," said Green, who has a 3.16 GPA and scored a 23 on his ACT.

"They have my major, Hotel and Restaurant, and that made me even more excited about going to Oklahoma State," said Green. "I just thought that was something that I was interested in and I have a dream of owning my own restaurant."

While becoming the 23rd verbal commitment for Oklahoma State, he is the first commitment in the area of special teams, and recently only Quinn Sharp, Marc Yerry, Matt Fodge, and Jason Ricks have been scholarshiped initially.

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