Two-sport standout talks about recruiting

The term two-sport athlete is often used when describing student athletes. It is not uncommon for most prospective recruits to play two, and sometimes three or four other sports. Nor, is it odd for athletes to excel at more than one sport. Two examples that come to mind are junior WR Nyan Boateng Lincoln High School, Brooklyn NY and a recent addition to the University of Pittsburgh's class of 2004, Aliquippa's Darrelle Revis.

These two could play either basketball or football at the next level. It is not common to see a 300lb basketball player who actually has true abilities on the hardwood.

Meet OG Lawrence Green (6-4, 300, 5.1) from McKeesport High School, PA. Green was able to showcase his talents twice this past basketball season, against PIAA AAAA state champion Penn Hills and Boston College recruit Akida McLain. McLain was recently named to the 1st Team Associated Press AAAA All-State team. During the two contests between McKeesport and Penn Hills, Green drew the task of guarding the 6-8 McLain. The two teams split the series at one game apiece. Green held McLain to 6 points and 8 points, respectively. Green averaged 10 points and 9 rebounds for McKeesport, who advanced to the 2nd round of the PIAA Playoffs.

"He's a pretty good player when he wants to be," said Green

Green realizes that his future is in football, a game to which he is relatively new. Lawrence transferred to McKeesport from Westinghouse High School, in Pittsburgh's City League, after his sophomore season. Due to his size, Lawrence didn't play organized ball until junior high school.

"I was always too big to play peewees, so my dad would take me out to the park and we'd play. I always liked to hit, and he gave me the nickname ‘LT' after my favorite player Lawrence Taylor. My dad has all kind of Taylor's games on tape. Every so often I'll watch them. To this day though the nickname has stuck with me."

After a successful 2003 season, several teams have taken notice of Green, including Pittsburgh, Penn State, Syracuse, Virginia, and Iowa. Green's early lists of favorites are Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech. So who has the edge in the battle to land this prized lineman?

"I've only been to Maryland's junior day, and I am going to Pitt's Blue Chip Day on April 3rd. The University of Pittsburgh has a nice environment, but I think the city is boring. I've grown up in it all my life so I'd kind of like to get away. But in a way, I would like to stay home so my mom can see me play. If Pittsburgh would offer, I'd consider going there."

Green attended Pittsburgh's summer camp last summer, he also went to Les Kemp's A-K Recruiting Showcase Camp and Joe Butler's Metro-Index camp. This summer he is considering camping at Maryland, and making return trips too both local camps.


Insiders interview with OG Lawrence Green- McKeesport High School

What team did you grow up watching?

"I have always watched Pitt, I mainly watch NFL games."

How would you describe, how you play?

"I play with a lot of intensity, and try to have fun. I have always believed that you should have a passion for anything you do. When I play football I play it with lot's of passion."

You are an accomplished basketball player, are you playing AAU this summer?

"I used to play AAU and baseball. This summer I am focusing on football."

What are your goals for the 2004 season?

"I want to get physically stronger. I want to be recognized as one of the top lineman around. I want too be dominant on both sides of the ball."

When will you make your decision?

"After the season, I am going to take my time and weigh everything out."


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