Christian Green has become one of the top rated athletes from the Sunshine State, and the number one prospect in Hillsborough County. Last season while playing quarterback, he finished with 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns and also added over 600 yards and six scores on the ground. Green and his Tampa Catholic teammates just completed spring practice and in their spring jamboree in front of a host of college coaches beat Mulberry 17-14 where Green threw a 57 yard touchdown pass.
"We did pretty good this spring, but we still have a long way to go," said Green. "Our offensive line is coming together, and we had some receivers out, when they come back, we'll be good to go."
"There were a lot of people and coaches at our spring game, I really don't how many, but there were a lot of coaches from all over."
The 6-2, 205-pound Green who led TC to the third round of the playoffs last year said he spent the spring focusing on getting better as a player and getting his teammates better.
"I've worked on getting better at making my reads as a quarterback, and making the tougher throws. I feel stronger this year but have also maintained my quickness."
After spending the spring trying to focus on his high school team Green said he turned his attention back to the recruiting process. The talented athlete is one of the more highly recruited prospects in the state, and has an impressive list of over 30 offers from some of the top programs in the country, but recently said he's trimmed his list down to a top six.
Green said the list is in no particular order, but had something to say about his each of his top six.
Florida State "I like the coaches up there, and the tradition they have at FSU. They've been down the last couple of years, but are rebuilding that program, and have a lot of talent up there."
Florida "With Florida what they do basically speak for themselves. The National championships, the kind of program they have, the coaches and the fan support really stands out to me."
Georgia: "With Georgia I think that Coach Richt and that group of coaches they got stand out. I think that kind of staff could help me become a better player. I also think that Coach Richt cares about his players and gets a lot out of them."
Tennessee: "With Tennessee, I think Coach Kiffin is bringing that new era there, and a lot of those coaches have coached in the NFL and you know if you go up there you're going to get good teaching and good coaching.
Ohio State: "Ohio State is rich with tradition, and Coach Tressel is a real good guy. I think the program is heading in the right direction. They have a lot of good, young talent, and a lot of players coming in that are going to be good freshmen."
South Florida: "South Florida is an up and coming school, and they keep on improving. I have also known Coach Leavitt for a while. I've lived in Tampa since I was little and always used to go to USF games and watch them play as a little kid. That's always why I want to keep South Florida in it, I've been going to their games since games since I was small, known Coach Leavitt for a long time, and know the team."
Green said there's a chance that others schools could come into the picture this summer." There's a chance for other programs, but right now those are the six schools that I'm trying to get a better feel for."
Being the local school, Green said he's met several of the USF staff including Coach Leavitt, Coach Simmonds, Coach Canales, and others but has a deeper relationship with Coach Leavitt
"Coach Leavitt is a real guy and cares about his players and the kids in general. I respect that he cares about them both on the field and off the field, how they're doing in school and who they hang out with. That's something I look at because he truly does care."
For the last two seasons at Tampa Catholic, Green has played quarterback but in college he's been projected to play wide receiver, which most schools are recruiting him to play. All but a few that is.
"South Florida is recruiting me as a quarterback," said Green. "a few others are too, but out of my top schools they're the only one that came out and told me they want to play me at quarterback."
Green actually played receiver his freshman year and was the second leading scorer on the team, but switched to QB his sophomore year, and has played it ever since.
"I like having the ball in my hand every play, and as a receiver sometimes people can't get me the ball, and if I have the ball in my hands I can make the decision on where the ball goes."
Given the choice, Green said he prefers to play wide receiver at the next level.
"I think that given the right opportunity in the right system, I wouldn't mind playing QB, but for right now I think I mainly want to play WR, and think I could do well at."
Green has unofficially visited Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Tennessee, and South Florida, and plans on being busy going to camps this summer.
"I plan on going to a couple camps this summer, the Georgia camp, Florida camp, and Ohio state," Green said. "I'm also going to try to get up to FSU, and if I can, I want to definitely try to get to the USF SuperBull camp; I just got to see how my schedule goes."
"As a team I'm assuming we'll go to a couple 7-on-7 camps, but I got to ask my coach."
Green does have a timetable for when he'd like to make his choice. "Hopefully this summer sometime," said Green." "I'll talk things over with my dad and commit to a school."
For now he has goals for the summer and next season.
"My goal as a team is just to get better and hopefully get to the state championship game and win that. For myself I just want to keep improving as a player."
Stick with USFNation.com, as we follow Christian Green throughout his camping tour.