There are players who, after two years removed from high school, are hoping that a standout junior season will earn them the luxury of bypassing their senior year in favor of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Tyler Junior College offensive lineman Jessie Green does not have that dream. Green is, however, content with where his talents may take him next season—to a Division-I football program.
The junior college player told PonyStampede.com Tuesday that he has 25 schools, including Southern Methodist University, looking at him. He does not, however, know if any school is offering him at this point.
This is still a position that Green cherishes considering this will be his first year starting after playing in only four games last season. "It's an honor," the 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman said. "My goal since I've been on this campus is to be an All-American.
"This is my last chance."
The offensive lineman has a chance to continue his playing career after this season at a Division I program. Even this is a bit of a surprise considering the road Green has traveled since arriving on campus as 230-pound wide receiver in the fall of 2005.
Green admits that having schools like SMU express interest in him at this point has been a pleasant surprise. "I was kind of just stunned," he said of learning that the Mustangs were interested. "It was like now that SMU is looking at me I've got to keep up my stuff."
The junior college player said that Mustang coaches have told him that if he keeps his weight down his chances of playing at SMU are high.
The offensive lineman is not, however, just interested in the Mustangs' football program. Green is appreciative of all the opportunities the university offers him in the future. "Just to say I graduated would be a good starting point in looking for a job in the future," he said. "And it's a chance to play Division One football."