Sunshine State WR has two on top
James Green and the Leon Lions just finished their spring practice last week, as the 2007-08 school year culminated with a split against West Gadsden High School and Rickards High School in one half of action against each team. The Lions defeated West Gadsden 13-0, but were shut out by Rickards 3-0. While his team didn't win both halves, Green was impressive scoring two touchdowns in the first half and snatching two catches for 80 yards in the second.
Green enjoyed a productive spring in his first semester at Leon, as coaches from Auburn, Ole Miss, NC State, and South Carolina came by to watch him practice. The sure handed pass-catcher played his junior season at Miami's Dr. Krop High School.
"Since school's over now I've got a chance to take my unofficial visits and see what's good with the campuses and see what I like about schools," Green said. "I just can't wait to take those visits."
Green plans to take make trips to Auburn, South Carolina, South Florida, and Central Florida this summer, but there was a time when it appeared the big receiver's recruitment was over.
"Everybody else was committing. Since I play wide receiver, and most (schools) take two or three receivers a year, I just felt like I needed to commit early. But after I committed (to Auburn), I kind of changed my mind, and said, ‘Coach, I'm going to de-commit, but y'all are going to still be on top for me, but I'm going to take visits to other schools and not waste the opportunity.'"
Green, who has offers from Arkansas, Auburn, Ole Miss, Minnesota, South Florida, Syracuse, South Carolina, UCF, NC State, UNC, FIU, FAU and Mississippi State, says there is another team right up there at the top with the Tigers.
"Right now, all the schools that offered me basically all are at a tie right now, but South Carolina and Auburn are two schools that stick out. They're even with the rest of the schools, but they just stick out right now," Green said.
Green has not visited either school yet, but described what he likes the most about the two SEC programs.
"First of all, those were my first two offers. So when you get your first offer you're always going to remember that. Your first offer is like your first time being recognized by a school. And they came at me at the same time, so those two have been two of my top teams for a long time. Auburn has got a nice history of football in the SEC, and South Carolina (plays in the SEC). Those two teams play in one of the hardest conferences in college football."
Green has also developed a good relationship with his South Carolina recruiter, Shane Beamer, who has been on the talented wide receiver since last fall.
"I talk to Coach Beamer like once a week, and he gives me all the low-down on what South Carolina's all about and about their campus and football players. I also like Coach Steve Spurrier. (Beamer) tells me he's a great guy, and he can't wait for me to meet him. So, I like South Carolina a lot."
Green and fellow Leon standout, four-star offensive lineman Andrew Carter, are friends and have discussed the possibility of playing together at the next level.
"We talk about it a lot. I mean there are schools that have offered me, that didn't offer him. And the other way around," Green said. "But we've got most of the same schools in the SEC like South Carolina and Auburn, and other schools like UCF, Tennessee and Louisville. We're going to take some of our visits together, too, probably most of them. And we'll probably come up with a decision later on."
While Green says he is no longer in a hurry to make a decision, he and Carter could announce after one of their rivalry games against Lincoln in week four of their senior year.
Green plans to "talk to the coaches, look at the facilities, look at the stadiums, and talk about education with the coaches" of all the schools he is interested in before ultimately making his decision.
In his junior year at Dr. Krop High School, Green totaled 27 catches for 419 yards and seven touchdowns as well as three special teams touchdowns. Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Green is considered the No. 50 wide receiver in the country.
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