Most Bulls fans remember Justin Green, a talented OL prospect out of Palm Beach Gardens that signed with USF in 2007, but failed to qualify. He ended up enrolling at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, the same school where USF landed talented OG/OT Jamar Bass.
Considering the offensive line losses that USF sustained in the last signing class, including Carlos Savala, Daron Rose and Kamran Joyer not making it to campus; recruiting quality offensive linemen is at a premium. Its good to know that Justin Green is committed to returning to USF for the 2010 class with three years of eligibility.
After redshirting his freshman year, Green entered fall drills looking to solidify a starting spot on the offensive line. He catches up with USFNation to discuss how things are going for him physically, mentally and on the recruiting front after his first year in Kansas.
"It's been good so far, I had to redshirt because I came in kind of late last year but I've been eager to get on the field."
One of the big things Green worked on was his agility which perhaps was one of his weaknesses.
He admits that "speed and explosion is what I needed to work on to get ready for the next level."
"Overall, I'm still strong, but I've been focusing more on running than anything else, because I really want to be able to move this year, but the weight room is a still a priority. My squat max was 485 lbs and my bench was 405 lbs."
Ideally speaking USF would like to bring in Justin Green as a guard or center however he has showed enough versatility at Hutchinson to play at a number of different positions.
"At Hutch, I'm working mostly at tackle and I've been getting reps at left tackle and right tackle, but when I get to the next level at USF I would probably be a guard or center" said Green.
On the recruiting front, Green is committed to return to USF maybe sooner than you would think.
"As of right now yes, I am still committed to USF," said Green. "Hopefully everything will work out and I will be in there by January. After not qualifying out of high school, I want to try and get out of here in December. I'm ready to get it started"
Green said he doesn't have contact with any other schools. "Right now nobody has contacted me, and I don't really talk to any other schools being that I'm committed to South Florida, but if anything goes wrong, then I'll open up my options, but right now I'm with South Florida."
As one can tell, Justin Green is still excited to get back to USF and reflects on some of the things which attracted him to the program.
"It's a program on the rise and I just had a teammate go there, Jamar Bass. Hopefully he'll make the first team on the depth chart. He tells me how nice it is, but I knew that from when I went on my visit,' said Green. "I like Coach Leavitt and this coaching staff is going to change things. They're thinking championship."
Green has kept in contact with the coaching staff throughout and frequently speaks with Bulls offensive line coach, Coach Simmonds.
"Basically, he's telling me to stay focused and that I'm here for a reason and that I have to get the job done. I have to continue working hard."
"[Coach Simmonds] is a real down-to-earth guy, and he's been in the league so he knows what it takes to get there. He has good experience and he gets the most out of his players and I really like that. I have a good relationship with him."
At the end of the fall drills, Justin Green earned the starting Right Tackle position and he is the only out-of-state lineman that they decided to keep on the roster which shows how impressive he has been.
"Justin has done real well and has been very coachable, and he's going to be a great one," said Hutchinson OL Coach Josh Gooch. "When he plays the 3-technique, there's not a better offensive tackle in the country."
During Hutchinson's first game, Green was part of an offensive line unit that helped pave the way for 400 yards of rushing in a 48-27 win over Northeastern Oklahoma A&M. "He did very good and graded out at 86 percent in the first game," said coach Gooch. "He can block as well as anybody in the country and has all the tools to be a great offensive lineman."
Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we follow Justin Green and the rest of the 2010 recruiting prospects.
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