After watching Mike Williams run free in the Stanford secondary last weekend, it isn't hard to get Stanford fans motivated for a strong cornerback recruiting class this year. Buddy Teevens came to The Farm and was disappointed at the scant depth at the position, in sharp contrast to his experiences at Florida and Illinois, but the head Stanford man was able to pull in just one corner in the 2003 class this past February. Though there has been much focus on the offensive and defensive line recruits in the 2004 class, cornerback was named very early by the coaching staff as an urgent priority. The Stanford staff has searched from California to Minnesota to Georgia, but the best untold story for CB recruiting in this class comes from the Lone Star State.
Stanford offered Gary Green II back in May, though the recruiting services have been mostly quiet on the relationship between the pair. An important reason is that Green, the son of former NFL All-Pro cornerback Gary Green of the Kansas City Chiefs and Los Angeles Rams, was told early by the Cardinal coaches that he would need to raise his board scores to gain admission to the University. He took the SAT in May and earned a 940 score, which won't cut the mustard.
"The only thing different about Stanford from my other schools is that they wanted me to retake the SAT," the younger Green tells The Bootleg. "It's kinda weird, but that doesn't throw my interest. Stanford has the best all-around athletic program in the country, and they have one of the best academic programs in the nation. They have a good football team. It's a great place to go, if you can."
Still, Green is not a big fan of the SAT test and the verbal portion in particular. So when he was recently informed by Stanford that he can take the ACT instead, he was reinvigorated about the prospect of a Saturday of standardized testing.
"I think I'll like that test better because they focus on a lot of areas, not just math and verbal," he notes. "I don't have a test date set yet, but I'll talk to my counselor and find out when I should sign up. We do have some Saturday games this fall, and that's the big thing I have to watch out for."
Green also boasts a 93% grade average in the classroom, including a ranking at Madison High School in San Antonio (TX) in the top 10% in his class.
The 5'9" 170-pound RB/CB has offers from Stanford, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa and BYU. He names Pitt and Oklahoma State as his top two schools, even though the Cowboys have yet to offer. "I talk with them every week," he says of the school in Stillwater, Oklahoma. "I am confident that they are going to offer soon, and when that happens I'll narrow down my school list. Notre Dame is another school who says they might offer soon."
Green has tentatively set his first official visit for Wisconsin the weekend of December 12, though he notes that the date might move if his Madison team makes a deep run into the Texas state high school playoffs. If they are knocked out earlier, though, he would like to begin his visits in earnest in December and maybe late November.
"The four I'm pretty sure I will visit officially are Pitt, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin and Stanford," he allows. "Kansas and Iowa are battling it out for that last spot right now, and I am leaning a little toward Kansas. They offered me earlier than Iowa, and I want to go wherever I'm wanted the most. That's important to me."
When Buddy Teevens made the offer to Green last spring, he certainly left an impression on Green that the recruit was a critical piece to the Cardinal's puzzle. "He told me that they loved my tape - they were convinced right away," the recruit recalls. "They think I'm a bigtime player. They made the offer right after they saw my film, and that means something to me."
While the Cardinal may not rank in the top two for this recruit today, he openly says that could change if the ACT and admissions work out. "If I'm admitted, I'm sure they would move up my list," he notes. "And the distance doesn't bother me at all. I'm not worried about that."
It is also noteworthy that Stanford has no commitment yet in this class from a running back, a position where Green likewise could make an impact in college. He ran for 21 touchdowns and nearly 1800 yards last year as an all-city junior at Madison. This year the two-way recruit has led his Mavericks to a 5-1 record while hammering for 828 yards (7.4 ypc) and 11 scores. In Madison's lone loss on the season, a bitter 17-0 defeat last weekend to undefeated Roosevelt, Green picked up 97 yards on the ground. That may not seem significant until you consider that the entire remainder of the Madison offense managed just 22 yards on some 26 other plays against a truly dominant defense. The previous week Green racked up 152 yards on just 11 carries against Lee - and he played only in the first half.
"Most college coaches like me at both running back and cornerback," Green proclaims.
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