Portland's Green, OSU, eye his senior season

RECRUITING A QB is not like recruiting to other positions. It's the most visible spot on the team. It's also a position that tends to verbally commit earlier. And that, in a climate where some now assemble virtually an entire class before the senior year, provides an opportunity. Because QB is also where many late bloomers are found. Portland's Nick Green, in OSU's orbit, might be one of them.

July is slow going in recruiting -- many staffs use the month to take some time off. But Green has still been keeping in contact with coaches, including Oregon State's Nigel Burton.

"I text quite a few coaches and they've texted back. But July has been more a quieter month in the recruiting process. With Oregon State, I had a couple texts with (Oregon State's) Nigel Burton and he said he said he's rooting for me," said Green. "With (OSU and UO lately) they're more like checking up rather than recruiting, just keeping in touch.

IT WILL NEVER be known what Green's recruiting stock might look like today if he had been able to play his junior year and send out junior tape. That season was wiped off the books after a knee injury suffered in fall camp. There have been indications, however, Green would have been in high demand.

"If his on-the-field performance is anywhere close to his off-the-field work ethic, preparation and overall (high character), he's going to be among the best I've ever seen in the state of Oregon," says Central Catholic head man Steve Pyne, a football coach not given to hyperbole.

Clearly, schools are now waiting to see how Green looks against a pass rush coming off the knee injury before deciding on whether to offer, something that will happen when the calendar turns to September.

"Every single coach, UW, Oregon State, UO, Boise State, they've all said 'As soon as your tape is ready from your first two games, send it out to me. I don't care if it's bad or good, I want you to send it to me right away,'" said Green.

"Coach Pyne has been a great help for me in this whole recruiting process. I'm learning things from him every day on how to be a quarterback. He's just an amazing coach."

ALTHOUGH SCHOOLS ARE waiting for his senior season, Green attended as many camps and combines as he could this spring and summer, and has been proactive in contacting schools. "Another text I got was from Idaho. Jonathan Smith who played at Oregon State, he had been on vacation...and texted me right when he got back, told me how everything was going there," said Green. "I think they might have seen me at the Barton combine, and Jonathan Smith and I have talked on the phone. He wanted me to keep him informed on everything that was going on with me, if anything came up and just to keep in touch.

"He seemed really interested, and that would be a great place to go, especially with Jonathan Smith. I think with a lot of the younger (coaches) there...I think the energy around that place will be amazing," said Green.

Boise State, he said, was one of his better camp performances and at Washington, he won the Strong Arm Competition in the morning session at the Huskies' camp. Green didn't perform as well in the afternoon at the UW, he said, but that have actually have ultimately been more impressive -- as he showed the ability to diagnose and make adjustments, subsequently performing much better in afternoon 7-on-7s and 1-on-1s.

"I think that's what coach (Tim) Lappano was most impressed with about me, how coachable I was and how I can pick things right up," said Green.

The Portland State camp was an eye opener, said Green, with Jerry Glanville, Mouse Davis and the rest of the new staff.

"I didn't get many reps there but when I did get a few, I think I did pretty good. I enjoyed their new offense, they're going to be throwing the heck out of the ball," said Green.

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