Green Close to Setting Official Visits

Gardena (Calif.) Serra had their first day in pads last Friday and defensive lineman Rasheem Green already looks ready to go...

Rasheem Green is currently rated the No. 4 defensive end and No. 17 overall player in the country. At 6-5, 290 pounds, he's a huge kid who can move, is naturally strong and when his motor is running, there isn't a better lineman anywhere in the country.

"I feel good right now and feel good about our team," Green said Friday. "We have some young guys that we need to develop and get going so I feel it's my job as a leader and a senior to set the example. I'm going to go hard out there and try and make everyone better."

On the recruiting front, Green took a pair of local visits recently and said he's starting to look at what schools he'll take his official visits to.

"I went to UCLA and then USC on back to back days," Green said. "UCLA was cool, the campus was pretty packed because they had the Kids Choice Awards there that same day but I really liked it. Datone Jones was there working out so I got to meet him and that was real cool.

"I really love the coaching staff, Coach Angus (McClure) and Coach Mora talk to me a lot and are recruiting me as hard as anyone. My mom went to UCLA and although she's not pushing me to any school, she said she liked it there a lot and answers any questions I have. I'm definitely giving UCLA a hard look."

As for his visit to USC, Green it always feels like home when he's on the Trojans campus.

"It was different because my parents were with me this time," Green said. "They didn't have practice that day so we got to tour the campus and spend time with the coaches. My parents had some questions they wanted to ask and the coaches answered everything for them and they liked it there a lot.

"I'm very comfortable at USC, I've been there a lot and I know a lot of the players already. Adoree is up there and he's already doing well and we've had some other players from Serra do really well there too. It's a great school and I like them a lot."

While USC sounds like the early leader, Stanford might not be too far behind.

"I visited Stanford and really liked it, I felt really comfortable there," Green said. "They need me to take a couple of AP classes this fall semester and I'm signed up for them and then will work on getting my application together.

"I don't have any trip plans yet but I'm going to try and sort that out in the next couple of weeks. I know I'll take all five and announce at the Army All-American game but I don't have a short list of schools I know I'll visit just yet. That's what I'll be working on the next few weeks and hopefully I can get some dates together."

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