Green, 'I'm a top priority there'

2015 Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Rasheem Green discusses the latest in his recruitment and where he stands with USC...

Video, Rasheem Green wears No. 2 in white during the Serra spring game...

2015 Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Rasheem Green recently told Scout that five schools are recruiting him hardest, including Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, and USC.

But that doesn't mean the five-star talent is anywhere near ready to really narrow down his list. Green told Scout after the Serra Spring Game that he wants to trim it to a favorite 15 or 16 "sometime soon".

"I haven't seen schools on the East Coast," Green explained, "so I can't cut them out [of the list]. This summer I'll go back to the East Coast, probably."

The 6-foot-4 269-pound recruit admits he is considering West Coast schools more than those back East because of his familiarity with the programs.

"Ones I'm considering most are the West Coast schools because I've seen the West Coast, so I know more about them," he said.

Those programs include Oregon, Stanford, USC, and UCLA.

Green says there's a strong possibility he will not take official visits to the local universities.

"I don't see myself taking officials to the schools that are located here because I want to see schools where I can't really drive up there or ride my bike to," he said.

Green is no stranger to the campuses of both USC and UCLA.

Not only has he taken multiple unofficial visits to both programs, he has plenty of former Serra teammates who are Trojans and Bruins.

"I'm a top priority there and I could stay close to home."

Serra teammates at USC include Jalen Greene, Olajuwon Tucker and Adoree Jackson, not to mention former Cavaliers who went on to USC – George Farmer, Marqise Lee, and Robert Woods. Green says that while the group would like to see him in Cardinal and Gold, they haven't bombarded him in the process.

"They haven't been in my ear," said Green. "They would say something but they wouldn't push [recruiting me]. They won't ask when I commit or anything. They aren't recruiting me or anything."

Trojan coaches Tee Martin and Chris Wilson, however, remain in relentless pursuit of Green.

"I'm a top priority there and I could stay close to home, which is cool, but it's not everything," Green said. "[Coaches explain] I can get a top notch degree and all that. [It's] just the balance of things there, football and academics, life. It's a great balance, I guess."

Green is seriously considering announcing his verbal commitment in January at the Army All-American game.

"I don't want to just do it because it's on TV," he explained. "I want to do it because it's not too early, not too late.

"I don't want to make a National Signing Day decision, I want to get things over with soon but I don't want to rush it though."

Green does not currently have any unofficial visits scheduled. He will participate in The Opening in July.

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