UT, Clemson lead for DE

One of the South's top junior defensive end prospects lists Tennessee as the co-leader for his services.

Hivera Green, a 6-5, 255-pounder from Conway, S.C., recorded 120 tackles, five scks, four pass deflections, five caused fumbles and five recoveries last fall.

''Tennessee, Iowa, North Carolina State, Clemson, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Arkansas are all showing interest,'' Green told Robert Thorne of CUTigers.com. Asked if he has any leaders at the moment, Green replied: ''Tennessee and Clemson are my favorites right now.''

Asked to pinpoint his strengths, Green said: ''Pass rushing and blocking passes are my best strengths.''

Green clocks 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash but emphasizes that ''I want to get stronger and faster.''

He will attend the junior day at North Carolina State on February 29 and plans to visit Knoxville in a few months.

''I plan to camp at Tennessee, Auburn and attend the Nike camp this summer,'' he said. ''I would also like to camp at Clemson and South Carolina.''

Tennessee is loaded with talented defensive ends at present -- Karlton Neal, Parys Haralson, Jason Hall, Turk McBride, Cory Anderson and Jared Hostetter. Neal will be a senior next fall, however, while Haralson and Hall will be seniors in 2006. So, a player with Green's skills would be a nice addition to the 2005 Signing Class.

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