Most junior college players are excited if they have an opportunity to play for a Division-I university after the culmination of their junior college career.
Yet that is not all that has Tyler Junior College defensive end Ronny Green excited for his post-junior college career. Green, who told PonyStampede.com Wednesday that he has an offer from Troy State, is eager to return to his natural position of linebacker after spending the past two seasons, and his senior year in high school, at defensive end.
"That's where I'm trying to be now," he said. "But coach said he doesn't have anybody to fill the spot."
A shortage of depth is the same reason the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Green was asked to switch to defensive end in his final year of high school after having played linebacker in his first two years on varsity. It was, therefore, nothing new when he walked into a similar situation at Tyler Junior College.
It isn't that Green hasn't excelled at the position. Last season he received honorable mention All-Conference honors despite missing the last four games of the season with a deep knee bruise.
Ironically, playing the defensive end position has given him the opportunity to play for a Division-I team next season as his former defensive coordinator Maurea Crain is now a defensive line coach at Troy State and is the main one recruiting him to Alabama.
The Trojans are not, however, the only school Green will consider. "I'll go to the best offer I get," he said.
Whichever school gets him will certainly get an improved version of the 6-foot-0, 195-pound high school senior that was not able to play Division-I right away because of his size. Green said he has improved his sense on the field and discipline off the field since arriving at Tyler Junior College as well.
Now he has an opportunity to continue his career and rediscover the position he loves next season. Not that he will give up on the latter just yet. "I've been talking to coach," he said. "Still trying to get to play linebacker.
"He just doesn't seem to be budging."