Playing Catch-Up

There's something to be said for persistence. Just ask four-star cornerback Wesley Green.

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Green holds double-digit offers. But two schools, Clemson and South Carolina, are ahead of the rest. Why? Easy. The Tigers and Gamecocks have been the most aggressive suitors for the 5-foot-11, 170-pound Green throughout the recruitment process.

"They're the ones talking to me the most right now," Green, who is ranked the No. 15 cornerback in the country by, said. "South Carolina's been showing a lot of interest since day one, so I want to give them a shot now.

"Clemson, the same deal. I've been talking to (Clemson co-defensive coordinator and defensive ends) Coach (Marion) Hobby for a while, and (defensive backs) Coach (Mike) Reed tells me everything - what they're changing around and their defenses. It just has a good feel when I go there."

Still, while Clemson and South Carolina lead for the moment, competing schools aren't far behind. Ole Miss, in particular, is making up ground.

"Ole Miss, it just seems like it's a perfect fit for me to come in and get a great opportunity to start playing," he said.

Wesley Green

"The coaches, they love me. They always tell me how bad they want me and how they want to get my talents to progress and get me to the next level. Basically, it just feels like a good family environment."

Ole Miss began recruiting Green after he picked up his offers from Clemson and South Carolina. Ole Miss cornerbacks coach Jason Jones, who is entering his first year at the school, is handling the recruitment of Green.

Green, a member of the recruiting class of 2014, was in Oxford, Miss., for Ole Miss elite camp on Friday. The Rebels, he said, need only to continue with their current recruiting approach to catch his co-leaders.

"Continue to show interest, continue to communicate with me," Green said. "Let me know what they're doing, what they're changing around, the new defenses they're running.

"I was looking at their stats as cornerbacks, and I feel like I can come in and just progress myself to make my way to the top and start coming out of high school."

As to what he's looking for in a school, Green, of Lithonia, Ga., has a rather detailed list.

"I'm looking for a good environment; somewhere I can just be comfortable without having to be so homesick," he said. "A place where I know the coaches care about my well-being. They're not going to just let me sit around; they're going to have something for me to do. That's really about it."

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