The state of Texas has produced its share of great quarterback prospects in recent years, but according to many experts the Class of 2009 could be the best and deepest group of signal callers in many years, if not ever. Three quarterbacks reside in the top 10 of the M&W/Aggie Websider 2009 Top 100. Russell Shepard at No. 1 and Texas commit Garret Gilbert at No. 3 have received most of the hype since junior recruiting hit center stage a month ago.
However, Dayton's Cody Green at No. 9 is not getting as much publicity at this point, even though several major Division I programs are heavily recruiting the 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect. Green made the trip east to Baton Rouge on Saturday to take in LSU's junior day festivities.
"I enjoyed it. LSU is a good school," Green said. "I liked talking to the players, but the highlight was walking into Tiger Stadium. It's huge just like (Texas A&M's) Kyle Field."
It's no coincidence that he compared LSU's facilities to Texas A&M's facilities. In fact he saw a lot of similarities in both schools, and it's a reason why the Tigers and Aggies sit at the top of Green's wish list at the moment.
"The schools are a lot alike in some ways," Green said. "They are like their own city within a smaller city. I like the college town atmosphere where the community revolves around the school. Both have great facilities also."
Driving distance between both College Station and Baton Rouge is similar as well, with LSU four hours away and Texas A&M about 2.5 hours away from his hometown of Dayton.
"Both schools are a good distance away from my home," Green said. "It's far enough that I'll have my independence, but it's close enough that I can come home when I need to and my family can drive up for my games."
Green attended Texas A&M's junior day on February 10. He is very familiar with the university having visited the campus for the game Night camp last July, and taking in an Aggie football game in the fall. However, this was his first chance to spend a lot of time getting to know the new coaching staff and he liked what heard.
"I like that they are so professional in everything they do. They really bring something new to the table on offense," Green said. "I think they will be a good fit at A&M. They bring NFL experience and they have connections at the next level. They know what it takes first hand to get to the pros and will help the players develop and get ready for the NFL."
So what did the long-time Aggie recruit think of the new staff overall?
"I think they will be great, especially for a quarterback like me looking to develop," Green said. "I like that they are more hands-on in my recruiting. The whole staff sends me written letters all the time, not just my recruiting coach. All of the coaches are writing me from Coach Sherman down to the student coaches."
Even though Green has his eye on the Tigers and the Aggies, he insists that his recruitment has just begun and he plans to attend more junior day events. In fact, he has plans to see Oklahoma State, Miami, and Alabama in the coming weeks after receiving invitations to visit their junior day activities.
"I like Texas A&M and LSU a lot, and I guess you could say they are at the top of my list," Green said. "But I haven't seen other schools and I want to be open to everything until I get a better idea of what's out there for me."
Green does hold a scholarship offer from Texas A&M. LSU did not offer over the weekend, but Coach Les Miles asked the Bronco quarterback to be patient and that he hoped to extend him an offer in the near future.
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