Cal Continues Courting Cardinal Kicker Commit

It is true: we are suckers for alliteration, but facts steer us to this headline. Stanford's cross-Bay rivals are still recruiting kicker/punter David Green, who committed to the Cardinal in June. But that is just one subplot in Green's already busy senior year, including an upcoming trip to see the new Stanford Stadium, work on the admissions application and two games played with Mission Viejo.

When Mission Viejo (Calif.) High School placekicker/punter David Green (6-2, 210) committed to Stanford early in the summer, he figured his recruiting would be done.

While he is solid in his commitment to the Cardinal, Green said that a familiar school still is keeping in communication with him.

"I get huge packets in the mail from Cal - a lot of letters," Green shares.  "But for me, it's just Stanford."

In fact, Green is making sure that his entrance into Stanford comes off without a hitch.  The Cardinal require more than just a verbal commitment to sign their National Letter of Intent in February.  Each prospective student-athlete goes through the entire admissions application process that tens of thousands of hopeful high school seniors fill out each year for the Farm.  Green has not taken that step toward Stanford matriculation lightly.

"I started the application way back in the early part of the summer," Green explains.  "I've been working with a guy in town and a bunch of tutors for the past four months.  We're cracking down on the essays, refining them, spending long hours on them.  I'm retaking the SAT in the fall, reading a lot of books.  I need to score high on the verbal section."

In other words, the Mission Viejo senior is doing everything he can to ensure his acceptance to Stanford.

"It's really important to me to get this done and get in," says Green, who owns a 3.8 GPA.

The Diablos' kicker is also refining his game on the field, and while he's done well, he is his own harshest critic.

"The first game, only half of my kicks went into the end zone," Green laments.  "Last week, I had 100% of my kicks into the end zone.  I could still do better."

Green has also been successful on both of his field goal attempts, a 31-yarder and a 36-yarder, as well as all of his PAT's.  The multi-talented specialist has also punted, though not that much.

"Mission isn't really a punting team," he explains.  "We either score or we go for it.  I've made all of my PAT's, though we had a couple of bad snaps where I didn't attempt a kick.  On the first one, I picked up the snap, ran two yards, then got hit."

Last month, Green was ranked as the #1 kicker in the nation by, an honor he appreciates but one on which he does not rely.

"I like being ranked number one.  It's really cool, and it gives me confidence when I'm kicking that I'm the best kicker in the nation and that it should be an easy kick," Green allows.  "But it doesn't really matter when you're getting yelled at on the sideline.  So I try to forget the rankings and just focus on the week."

Green says that he has been watching Stanford play this season, and the future Cardinal kicker has wished he could be already doing his part for the team.

"I watch them and wish I could kick for them," Green admits.  "They missed two kicks against Oregon and I wish I could have kicked those.  I didn't really see the last game, because it wasn't on TV, but I definitely wish I could be out there and supporting them."

This weekend, Green will be in the new Stanford Stadium for its grand opening and the Cardinal's 2006 home opener against Navy.

"We're going up there this weekend to see the stadium opener against Navy.  It will be an unofficial - leave Friday night [Mission Viejo plays Thursday] and stay one night.  I'm going with my parents.  I'll probably go to the game against UCLA [in Pasadena] too," Green states.

Last fall, David 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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