Green Good on Word, Picks PSU

The Penn State coaching staff received some positive news on its first day back from vacation. On Monday, New York sleeper Stephfon Green made a verbal commitment to the Nittany Lions. He became the ninth member of the Class of 2007.

Last Thursday, Stephfon Green told that he intended to pledge to the Penn State football program then. But when he called the PSU football office he discovered the staff was on vacation. Rather than force the issue, he waited until Monday to make it “official.”

"I committed this afternoon,” Green said. "I called and spoke to Coach (Brian) Norwood and (Mike) McQueary. I told them that I was ready to commit. I have not had the chance to speak to Joe Paterno yet.

"My mom and dad are so excited,” he added. “It really makes me want to work harder to succeed. I have to score higher on the test. I need to work out harder. I'm training like this never happened."

A 5-foot-11, 185-pounder, Green is one of the fastest players in the nation. But few knew about the standout from JFK High in The Bronx until he turned in a 4.29 40 at Penn State's summer camp.

The Lion staff wasted no time offering. And he did not waste much time taking them up on the offer. He hopes for immediate playing time in Happy Valley.

"I want to try and play early; they talked about possibly returning punts and kickoffs," he said. "It will depend on what happens when I get there as to where I'll play. If they need me at corner I'll play there. It it's at wide receiver or quarterback — wherever I can get on the field."

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.

Green knows he is not exactly from a football hotbed. But he hopes to help change that perception.

"It was a relief," he said of his commitment. "I still can't believe this is happening — a kid from the Bronx is going D-I.”


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