Five-star honored, official visits coming

Junipero Serra High School defensive end Rasheem Green is rated the nation's No. 4 player at his position and the No. 16 ranked player nationally in the class of 2015 by Scout.com. Tuesday, he joined Serra alums like Robert Woods, Dwight Williams and George Farmer as Army All-Americans.

GARDENA, Calif. — The annual parade of All-Americans from Serra High School continued Tuesday afternoon as Rasheem Green and Stanley Norman accepted invitations to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.

Green, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound five-star defensive end, accepted his invitation having already amassed an impressive statistics in just four games. With five sacks and a dozen tackles for losses, the assumption would be that Green has put recruiting on the back burner to focus solely on high school football.

“I’m not too focused on recruiting, but it’s really not been as bad as everyone made it out to be,” said Green. “Coaches call you about once a week, but I thought it would be non-stop.”

While it hasn’t been non-stop, one school has been turning up the heat on his recruitment since the contact period began Sept. 1.

“I talk to Oklahoma about twice a week,” said Green. “Coach (Jerry) Montgomery calls or I talk to him on Twitter. I get a lot of mail from them too.”

While Green does not have an official visit date set for Oklahoma, he is fairly certain Norman will be one of his five visit destinations. He also has two others in mind.

“I was thinking about going to Oregon with John (Houston),” in a few weeks,” said Green. “I know I’m going to Stanford and Oregon for sure.

“I just need to find a date for Oklahoma. With my other visits, I’m sort of stuck on where I want to go.”

Green did attend the USC-Fresno State game at the Coliseum three weeks ago, but has yet to make it to the Rose Bowl to see UCLA. While some recruits rule out officially visiting football programs they can easily unofficially visit, Green has yet to make that determination.

“That’s what makes it so tough,” said Green. “I really don’t know what I’ll do yet.

“I went to the SC game (unofficially), and then I saw them play on T.V. against Stanford. They looked great against Fresno State and pretty good against Stanford too, but they struggled against Boston College, which was a bit weird to me.

“I thought they’d smash them after they beat Stanford. They just made some mistakes, but I think they still look better than they did last year.”

Green has three former teammates from last year’s Serra team at USC. With Olajuwon Tucker and Adoree Jackson playing for the Trojans as true freshmen, Green has plenty of people to reach out to about the new Trojan coaching staff.

“I talked to Boodah (Olajuwon) after the Boston College game,” said Green. “He said, even though the team wasn't that talented, they were well coached.

“We talk a lot, but we really don’t talk too much about school. I really just see their stories and stuff on Snapchat. Boodah, Jalen Greene… I also follow Damien Mama, so I see how the team is behind the scenes and stuff. They look like they have a lot of fun together.”

That’s not to say his current team at Serra doesn’t have his full attention. After a 31-14 loss to Bellevue two weeks ago, Green had to settle up with the missed opportunities and mistakes that saw the Wolverines run through and around the Cavaliers defense.

“Yeah, I missed some tackles and messed up on a couple of plays, but you just have to get back in and watch tape,” said Green. “I’m not effective trying to yell at my teammates and get guys going by talking.

“I lead by my actions. We had to regroup and not focused on the just the mistakes. It’s not all about the things that you didn’t do. You have to focus on the things that you did do but can improve on.”

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