It's not easy to get a second chance. Cedar Hill (Texas) cornerback Marcus Green had no idea if his team would get that opportunity.
Green, an Oklahoma commit, was part of a dynamic Cedar Hill squad that lost to Katy (Texas) High in the state championship game last year.
The two teams met up again last week for the championship and this time it was Cedar Hill coming out on top in a wild 34-24 victory at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
"It just feels so great right now," Green said. "I had a good feeling going into the game, but I had a good feeling going into the game last year."
Cedar Hill jumped out to a 10-0 lead but trailed 24-10 midway through the third quarter before scoring the final 24 points of the game.
Because of his hectic high school schedule, his contact with the Sooners coaching staff has been kept to a minimum in the last month. But don't get it twisted, OU fans, Green is still 100 percent behind the Sooners.
"They said they're going to visit me next month," Green said. "I still talk to Coach (Mike) Stoops a lot. It's not like anything has changed."
Before OU makes another trip to Cedar Hill, Green will have one last chance to showcase his skills in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Carson, Calif., next weekend.
Green is one of four OU commits selected for the game. Getting the honor means a lot to Green, especially since he didn't see it coming.
"I'm very excited," Green said. "It's a huge accomplishment. I've always wanted to play in one these games."
Green will line up at cornerback for that game but where he'll play for the Sooners is still a bit of a mystery. With his 6-foot-1 and 170-pound frame, he already has the size of a cornerback. And a summer of conditioning could allow him to put on the pounds to be a safety.
It's something that will be determined at a later date, Green said, as Green has been told by the OU staff that he can play anywhere in the secondary.
Green took his official visit to OU in October and said it eliminated any doubts he might have had. Truth is ever since his pledge on Mother's Day, Green hasn't had any second thoughts.
"It's a blue collar defense that kept making big improvements all season," Green said. "Everything is going in the right direction. They welcomed me with open arms, and I totally felt like one of the family already."
Green is ranked the No. 33 cornerback in the nation and a three-star prospect, but he said he has learned a lot from his senior season, and he's ready to showcase those skills for the Sooners.
"My whole game – I made strides everywhere," Green said. "Man, zone, everything. I feel like I'm ready for that next level."