Green, Sooners a mutual fit

NORMAN, Okla. — OU defensive coordinator Mike Stoops has a model for his defensive backs.

Quick. Physical. Competitive. Relentless.

OU's latest commit, Cedar Hill HS cornerback Marcus Green, possesses all those attributes.

"I think I can bring a physical corner that comes up and hits and knocks down receivers because I know that the Big 12 is passing teams," Green said. "So, I feel that I bring a physical corner built for that and can come up and hit also."

Stoops evidently agrees, as he extended an offer to the talented Metroplex defensive back ranked as a three-star and 34th at his position and celebrated when the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder chose to accept that one amongst his eight others Sunday.

"He was just real excited," Green said. "He was just like—I made his day today. I mean, he was like, ‘Things are a lot better.' He was commenting, and when I was commenting, he was like, ‘I hope that's what I heard,' because he was wanting me."

Green admitted he was a little giddy as well.

After all, it's a day a high school athlete heading to the next level will never forget.

"I'm very excited," Green said. "I felt like it was the right choice, and I'm just ready to experience it. So, I'm very excited."

Undoubtedly, his relationship with Stoops played a major part in him making the pledge to the Crimson and Cream.

OU's now second-year coordinator since returning from Arizona called his coach to extend the offer, visited him and then visited him again for a spring practice.

They developed a rapport from those instances.

"I feel that he's a real good coach," Green said. "From when I've been around him, he's just like laid back, real cool. I really like the way he coaches, and I just can't wait to get in there and work with him."

But the decision came down to more than that.

Cedar Hill is just a couple hours away from Norman, for one.

On top of that, OU has a really good plan for what he's looking to study.

"Me and my parents, we felt that it was more comfortable for them distance wise," Green said. "And like academic wise I feel that it's one of the best schools for physical therapy, so that's what I was looking into also."

Close proximity with the major he's seeking at a major football power: sounds like a perfect fit.

As for when he's out there on that field, Green embraces the challenges that come with his position, being in mano-a-mano situations.

"Oh, I love it," Green said. "I love being out there on the island. I mean, it's just you and that person going at it the whole game. So, I mean, it's a real good asset to the game, I think."

And he's a real good asset for this defense and the 2014 class.

He'll be heading up for his first unofficial campus visit on May 31, the same day OU's football camp begins.

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