UCLA Still Watching QB Prospect

Garrett Green, the quarterback/safety from Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame, has six scholarship offers -- but he's holding out for more, specifically from those schools that want him as a quarterback...

With six scholarship offers through the summer, Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame quarterback/defensive back Garrett Green (6-1, 190) is hoping that a strong start to his senior year will increase that number.

The No. 19 rated quarterback by Scout.com, Green has gotten his offers primarily as an athlete.

"I want to play quarterback, and I'm hoping that I get these offers based on being a quarterback. A lot of schools see me as a safety, so I need to decide what I want to do," said Green.

Green was one of three Knights at UCLA's home win over Oklahoma on Saturday, joining committed kicker Kai Forbath and running back Rodney Glass. He also attended UCLA's game against Rice.

"I've gotten called (since September 1st) by UCLA, USC, Arizona, Mississippi State, Mississippi, UNLV and Arizona State," said Green. "I've gotten seven offers."

Green's offers to date have come from Mississippi, Washington, Washington State, Texas A&M, Kansas State, Duke and UNLV.

But because there is the matter of his position to be decided, he's a long ways off from making a decision. "I haven't even started to narrow my list down. I want to play this season and see if I get some more offers, some as a quarterback, and then I'll narrow my list down," said Green. "I'm going to narrow my list down as the season goes on then take my official trips. Again, a lot just depends on what I get offered as."

He wouldn't name a favorite school, but did say: "I like UCLA and the games were cool. They're watching me this fall."

One of the best athletes in Southern California, Green has excellent speed, and when he attended the Adidas Camp at UCLA earlier this spring he showed it. On UCLA's Spaulding Field, which is notoriously slow, Green clocked a 4.5 forty, did a 4.3 shuttle and jumped 34.5 inches in the vertical.

Green was a part of Notre Dame's CIF Masters champion 4x100 relay team, along with Glass. However, this senior year will be Green's final season on the track.

"I love running track, but I won't be doing it in college," said Green.

In Notre Dame's season opening win over Birmingham, Green ran 10 times for 124 yards and was 5-for-10 passing for 42 yards and a touchdown, despite a hand injury. In fact, he sat out last Friday's game east 45-20 win over Westlake because of it. He's hoping to be back for the Knights game this weekend with Palmdale.

As a junior, Green had 1,850 yards passing and 15 touchdowns while rushing for 900 yards and nine touchdowns in Notre Dame's CIF Division III Championship season.

Academically, Green is in fine shape, holding a 3.8 GPA.

Editor's Note: UCLA, earlier this year, had more or less decided not to take a quarterback in the 2006 class. But Green is intriguing, and, if he didn't pan out at QB could be an excellent safety prospect. The Bruins, though, are tight on scholarships at this point. So it will be interesting to see if UCLA ultimately offers Green. If his hand injury heals and he has a very good year throwing the ball it could precipitate more interest from UCLA.

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