Vols Get Crack at Big Back

They say it never rains in Southern California, but storm clouds gathering over USC's football program have sure brightened Tennessee's chances with an outstanding running back prospect.

They say it never rains in Southern California, but storm clouds gathering over USC's football program have sure brightened Tennessee's chances with an outstanding running back prospect. Broderick Green of Pulaski Academy in Little Rock, Ark., committed to the Trojans at the end of March. However, he's now reexamining that verbal pledge after potential NCAA infractions — regarding Reggie Bush's family and the use of a home — came to light during the recent NFL Draft.

Green plans to make some visits while waiting to see what fallout might result, and Tennessee appears to be one of the schools he plans to visit.

"I'm pretty solid, but I'd still like to take some trips," Green told Scott Schrader of Scout.com. "I think I'll visit Penn State, Oklahoma State, Tennessee and Texas. Texas hasn't offered, but they were talking to me about offering."

He is also considering Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Auburn and Virginia Tech.

Tennessee has continued to pursue Green, despite his commitment to USC and even paid a personal visit to his school this spring.

"Mississippi State, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Penn State, Oklahoma State, and Tennessee are recruiting me hard," Green said. "I liked their coach, he was real nice. He came out here and watched us work out and do drills. They have real nice program, too, and I like their stadium and campus."

Green would be a vision of beauty to the Big Orange fans that pack that stadium on football Saturday's in the fall. A big back at 6-foot-1, 235 pounds, he runs a 4.57 time in the 40, has excellent quickness and pass-catching skills. As a junior, Green rushed for 1,664 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also caught 48 passes for another 568 yards and five TDs.

In short: Green is the type of back that could make an immediate impact at Tennessee and give the Vols a versatile offensive weapon. Besides being a dual threat at running back with his ability to run routes and catch passes, Green is an excellent blocker with the size and strength to protect passers from blitzing linebackers up the middle or speed rushers from the edge.

"I feel like my strength is running over people," he told Scout.com's Andrew Bone. "I run hard. I am a power runner. I can cut, and I have nice footwork. I am a good blocker as well. I am an all-around good running back."

Green has a brother, Greg, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs and the younger sibling appears to have the genes and determination to aspire to those same heights.

"I would like to improve my forty time before next season," he said. "I want to get it down to a 4.4. I am going to improve my footwork and strength as well."

Stay tuned for updates as we follow developments with this standout prospect.


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