UT High on CB's List

This season the Vols had a green secondary and next year they hope to have a Green in the secondary via the signing of River Ridge, La., cornerback Robby Green.

Rated the No. 13 cornerback prospect in the Class of 2008 by Scout.com, the 6-foot, 170-pound senior has help lead John Curtis Christian High School to a 14-2 record and tonight's Class-2A state title game.

Over the first 16 games of the 2007 season, Green played almost exclusively on defense, compiling 47 tackles, four interceptions, 19 pass breakups, two forced fumbles and over 400 yards on returns with a touchdown.

Green's nonstop gridiron slate has made it difficult to be too engaged in recruiting at this point, but there's no shortage of colleges clamoring for his pass coverage services.

"I've been focused on our season," he told Inside Tennessee on Thursday. "We're 14-2 and play for the state championship Friday. I haven't had time to take visits or anything."

Among the finalists battling for Green's signature are Alabama, Arizona State, Florida, LSU, Mississippi, Penn State and Tennessee. He has offers from all those programs as well as USC. Although he has yet to schedule his visits, he plans to take five official. He doesn't have a favorite at this point, but said Tennessee will get one of his visits.

"I'm going to take my visit to Tennessee," he said. "Most likely it will be in January. I'm going to take the visits first and make the decision off the visits.

Green got a visit from his recruiter at UT on Thursday and is expecting to host Vol head coach Phillip Fulmer one day next week.

"Coach Trooper is recruiting me for Tennessee," Green said. "He's a real good guy. I have a very close relationship with him. He's straight about things. He's interested in what happens to me in football and outside of football. I feel like I can trust him. He came to practice today and watched us. That was a good thing that he came out to see us."

Although Green has spent most of his time on defense he can play either safety or corner. Furthermore at least two schools like him at wide receiver as much as they do as a defensive back.

"I've been playing both corner and safety," Green explained. "We've got a good secondary. We've got like three dudes that are going to D-I out of the secondary this year. We really just rotated and tried to give teams different looks.

"I played some offense at the beginning of the season. But the coach told me they needed more on defense. We've got a pretty good receiving corps up there this year."

While Green isn't particularly big, he has a frame to easily add weight and he's exceptionally strong for his size. He bench presses 300 pounds, squats 410, has a 35-inch vertical leap and runs a 4.50 time in the 40. Even with marginal gains in size and strength he could be an early contributor at the next level. "Tennessee said they like me both ways and Arizona State will take me both ways," Green stated. "It's no problem playing both ways. I haven't played a lot of offense in high school anyway, but Coach Trooper said I could pick whatever one I want. If I had to chose it would be corner, but it's wherever they need me that's what I'll do."

Green reports a 3.0 core GPA and says Deon Sanders is the player he has been compared to most often. He'd like to have a chance to reach the NFL and that's one of the reasons he likes Tennessee.

"They've got a great tradition," he said of UT. "Coach Fulmer is supposed to be coming in next week for a home visit. I don't know what day that is but I'm going to get a chance to know him better. Other than the tradition, I like the school program, the academics are great and they put a lot of people in the NFL. They're doing all the right things over there. They've got great fan support and everything. I'm going to take that visit and see more and learn more.

The more you know about Robby Green the better he looks.

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