UCLA Wants Green to Walk On

Bronson Green, the 6-1, 220-pounder from Los Angeles Loyola, is known for, and getting recruited as, a linebacker, by a few schools. But UCLA is showing interest in Green as a walk-on at another position...

Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola linebacker Bronson Green (6-1, 220) has made his name primarily as a linebacker for the Cubs, though he's also paved the way as a fullback for the Loyola rushing attack.

Named the Serra League Defensive Player of the Year in 2009, Green has offers from several Ivy League schools as well as Navy to play linebacker.

But he's also been offered preferred walk-on status by UCLA as a fullback. And the lifelong Bruin fan is very much open to that opportunity.

"I talked to Coach (Rick) Neuheisel about it and they're having me come on an official visit on January 15th," said Green. "I know I could play fullback in college and I know in Norm Chow's offense they use the fullback a lot."

While Green is hopeful for a scholarship offer from the Bruins, right now he realizes that UCLA probably won't have one available for him and walking on might be his only chance to be a Bruin.

"I've been a big Bruin fan my whole life and dreamed of playing at UCLA and grew up going to the Rose Bowl," said Green. "And I know with Coach Neuheisel, the status as a walk-on, he treats the walk-ons well. At UCLA, the fullbacks are used in all the special teams and in the offense, so I know if I went there I'd have a great opportunity to play."

The Bruins aren't the only ones who've offered Green an opportunity to walk on, with North Carolina doing the same.

"They've talked to me about possibly coming out for an official visit maybe in January," said Green.

The strong Loyola-to-UCLA ties make the Bruins even more compelling for Green. His good friend and teammate, tight end John Young, committed to UCLA, and Loyola athlete Anthony Barr is a top Bruin target. Green is also close friends with Loyola quarterback Jerry Neuheisel.

"The opportunity to play with all of those guys in college would be awesome," said Green. "But that's not what my decision is going to be based on."

The more important factors will be where he feels the best comfort level and where the best opportunity presents itself, he says.

Also, he prefers to play linebacker. Princeton and Dartmouth don't give out scholarships but have extended an offer for him to join the football team (Ivy League programs can offer financial aid, however), while Navy has offered him a scholarship, as they do to all Midshipmen – all as a linebacker.

"My passion is at linebacker, and I had a good year being the Defensive MVP," said Green.

But that's not the be-all-end-all for him.

"I'm a smash-mouth football player so playing fullback is not a huge issue for me at all," said Green.

Green has also been hearing from Duke, UNLV, Virginia and Colorado, in addition to the aforementioned schools.

"I'm definitely really excited about my opportunities," said Green.

Green finished his senior season with 141 tackles for the Cubs, which had to overcome adversity throughout the year, first losing Barr to a season-ending injury then dealing with the midseason resignation of head coach Jeff Kearin. But it ended on a high note, taking out Crespi in the season finale.

"We had a tough year, and we lost a lot of close games in the final minutes," said Green. "But I was able to take a leadership role on the team."

Academically, he's in fine shape, with a 3.8 GPA and a 1740 SAT score.

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