Lions Closing In On Verbal Nine

UPDATE: Penn State landed its eighth verbal commitment recently. Within days it should be landing number nine. FightOnState.com has learned that the Nittany Lions will likely receive a commitment from a talented but under-the-radar prospect from New York.

Stephfon Green intended to pledge to PSU Thursday night, saying "They have showed that they wanted me and I think I'm ready to tell them I am committing." But when he called the Lasch Building, he discovered most members of the staff were on vacation.

Rather than rush the coaches during their one downtime of the year, he's taking a patient approach.

"Nobody will be in the offices until Monday, so I have to wait until then to make it official," he said.

Green is well known around the Bronx, but his name has only just now surfaced on the national recruiting scene. The 5-foot-11, 185-pound cornerback/running back received an offer from the Nittany Lions after running a 4.29 40-yard dash at their summer camp.

His coach at John F. Kennedy High, Alex Vega, is surprised that his talented pupil has not received more interest.

“New York just doesn't get the exposure,” Vega said. “You ask anyone around here and they know who Stephfon Green is. Rutgers has known about him. Syracuse knows about him, but Penn State seemed to be the ones who wanted to make sure he came to camp. He went to the combine there and drove straight from New York, got out of the car and ran a 4.7. Then when he went to camp he was loose and everything and he ran a 4.29.”

Green visited Penn State for a junior day and began to realize it was the place for him.

“We visited for a junior day and he loved it,” Vega said. “The coaches are great there. I am friends with a few of them and they are good people. Penn State saw him perform and they loved him.”

While looking at schools, Green has a simple plan.

“I look at it in two ways,” Green said. “The school is either a family school or a pit-stop school. JFK is a big family and we all play for one cause. JFK has helped turn me into a man. I think Penn State will help turn me into and man and prepare me for life. I think they will be a family and help me get to the next level.”

Green said his mom was emotional upon finding out that her son had received a written scholarship from the Nittany Lions.

“I got the written offer about two days ago and she cried when she saw it,” he said.

Vega was not at a loss for words when describing his All-Conference player.

“Penn State likes him as a corner, but you should see him as a running back,” Vega said. “He is very physical and a very strong corner. He has an edge about him. He has a nasty attitude. He has a non-stop motor and just loves the game.”

Green ran for more than 1,000 yards and 13 touchdowns as a junior. He recorded two interceptions and returned two kickoffs for scores. He earned first team All-Conference honors.

The talented athlete is also well known for his track and field exploits. Green competes in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x100 meters and the 4x200 meters

“My fastest times are 10.3 in the 100, 21.3 in the 200,” Green said. “I was the 100-meter champ at the Eastern States meet. I think I would have won the city meet, but our coach didn't register us.”

FightOnState will have more on this story as it develops.

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