Cardinal & Green Are A Match

Within "seconds" of receiving an offer from Stanford, Mission Viejo (Calif.) kicker/punter David Green accepted it and gave a verbal commitment to the Cardinal coaching staff, choosing them over Oregon and LSU.

When Mission Viejo (Calif.) punter/kicker David Green (6-2, 210), took a visit to Stanford this past weekend, his goal was to kick his way into a scholarship from the Cardinal staff.

Mission accomplished.

"I went there this weekend and kicked for them a little bit," said Green. "Once they offered me, I thought about it for two seconds and committed."

It wasn't the first time that Green was able to audition for the Stanford coaches. At the Chris Sailer Kicking combine last month in Las Vegas, Green was seen by special teams coach Nate Nelson. After being rated the top underclass kicker/punter there, the Cardinal coaches wanted him to come to Palo Alto to kick in front of them.

"Coach Nelson saw me there and they were wanting to offer me there, but they wanted to confirm that it wasn't a fluke," said Green. "I went up there and I was supposed to leave for Berkeley the next day, but they said, ‘why don't you stay here?' - then they offered me."

Green was able to work out for the coaches doing all three aspects of the kicking game: kickoffs, punts and field goal/PAT's.

"I did all three, but I felt punting was my strongest," said Green.

In fact, Green said that punting may be his strongest asset. But he has designs on doing all three in college.

"I will be competing for all the jobs. There will be only one senior on the roster when I come in (Aaron Zagory) and I will probably be battling against him," said Green. "Whether I beat him out is up to whether I redshirt or not. I feel like I do great at field goals and great at kickoffs too," said Green.

Last season, Green did the kickoffs and punts for the Diablos and this year he will be doing all three, preparing him for his collegiate career.

Green had previously been offered by LSU and Oregon but the Cardinal were the clear leader, and the offer would be a matter of when, not if he would accept it.

"Stanford was my number one choice always. They were always way up there," said Green. "I mean, it was a lot of fun getting my first couple of offers, but I was ready to go for this. I'm definitely relieved. Now I don't have to fill out as many applications, just one big application for Stanford."

Green acknowledged that his main focus this year will be on bringing his grades up.

"I have a 3.8 GPA and this fall I will be taking a lot of AP classes. I have a lot of work to do," said Green. "I scored a 25 on the ACT and I'll be taking the SAT in the fall."

Green said the commitment to the Cardinal was well-received by his family.

"My family was extremely excited. My mom was jumping up and down. With Stanford, my parents just adored the academics. It's Pac-10 football, a great academic school and the campus is beautiful. It just blows your mind, the architecture and all around," said Green.

With Green headed to Stanford in the fall of 2007, it will put a former Mission Viejo player on no less than seven campuses as well as one at Notre Dame.

"I can't wait to play my teammates," said Green. "Practically every school we will play, I will know someone. One of my friends, Nick Reed, is at Oregon and he played special teams last year. He said when I'm punting he's coming after me."

This summer, Green will return to the Chris Sailer Kicking Competition in Las Vegas, where he looks to cement his rating as the top kicker/punter nationally. In the meantime, while his team does passing league, he and a teammate continue to work out.

"He works with the long-snappers and we just feed off of each other. He gives me input and if my punts aren't good, he'll tell me. We're really having fun working together," said Green.

Last fall, Green had 42 touchbacks on 79 kickoffs and averaged 40 yards a punt for the Diablos, earning all-South Coast League First Team honors and was selected to the all-CIF Southern Section Division II team.

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