Rutgers Ready to Offer Pa. Defensive End?

In the last few weeks Rutgers increased its recruiting efforts of a defensive end from Western Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end said he expects to get an offer from the Scarlet Knights by the end of next week, and plans on making a trip to the Rutgers campus. But the Scarlet Knights aren't the only ones on him. He holds offer from nearly a dozen other schools.

Two weeks ago Rutgers increased its recruiting intensity on Clairton (Pa.) High defensive end Desimon Green, and by the end of next week he expects to have an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

Scarlet Knights assistant coach Robb Smith was at Clairton High last week, and Green said Rutgers liked his highlight tape, but wanted to see a game film.

That is supposed to go out Thursday, and Green is confident once the Scarlet Knights coaching staff evaluates it, they will join the half-dozen or so other BCS conference schools to offer him.

"They told me as soon as they get the game film'' and offer will come, Green said. "I'm pretty sure I'll get one.''

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Green,'s No. 32-ranked defensive end who also plays quarterback, holds offers from Pittsburgh, Michigan State, Illinois, Louisville, Purdue, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Delaware, Bowling Green and Memphis.

"(Rutgers) has been sending me stuff, but the past two weeks it's been more mail coming to the school,'' said Green, who often watches the Scarlet Knights on television. "That's why I have interest in them. I know that it's a good program football-wise, but I would like to get up there to look at it myself. We've been talking, and I told them I wouldn't mind taking a trip up there.''

Green disagreed with a recent report stating he favored Pittsburgh, which is a stone's throw to the north of his high school.

"I wasn't mad about it, but I never said that,'' Green said. "I said they were in my top, but I don't have any favorites. I need to wait because there might be more schools out there interested in me.''

Each of the BCS conference schools, sans Michigan State, want Green as a defensive end while Delaware, Bowling Green and Memphis offered him as a quarterback.

"Everybody asks me where I want to play, but I'm the type of person that I just want to go to college,'' he said. "I'll play anywhere. Michigan State, they're recruiting me as an athlete.''

It is easy to see why the athletic and explosive Green is sought after as a defensive end. He registered 23 sacks as a sophomore and 27 as a junior. He also can drop into coverage and play the hybrid position, switching between linebacker and defensive end, in college.

"I think I could play linebacker because I pull back and cover the slot guys,'' Green said. "It definitely got harder (rushing the passer). My junior year, I was dealing with the tight end, and the tackles, and the fullback.

"So, it definitely got harder. I figure if you put all those people on me, the other side will be clear for my teammates to make tackles.''

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