Five-star down to four

Serra five-star defensive end Rasheem Green has had several college coaches in-home over the past month, and now he has narrowed his list of college choices to four.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star defensive end Rasheem Green is beginning to narrow his focus on his college choices.

With dozens of scholarship offers to choose from, Green is now looking exclusively at Oregon, Miami, Arizona State and USC. Not coincidentally, those are the schools who have received or will receive an official visit from the 6-foot-5, 290-pound Army All-American.

“USC, Miami and Arizona State have all had in-home visits,” said Green. “All of the coaches that come in have different styles and personalities. They’re all unique in a way.

“For USC, Coach (Chris) Wilson came in twice and then Coach (Justin) Wilcox came in the first week. There wasn’t really anything new they could tell me. They just came to hang out and talk with my family.”

After visiting Oregon in October with his teammate, five-star linebacker John Houston, the two five-star prospects took a trip to Miami when the Canes hosted Florida State.

“It was great,” said Green. “It was fun experience. The highlight was getting to see the whole coaching staff and talking with Coach (Al) Golden. I also hung out with some of the players and got to see what game day is like in Miami.”

Green will officially visit USC Jan. 16 and Arizona State Jan. 23. While Green has been to USC numerous times unofficially, he has yet to visit Tempe (Ariz.).

“They’ve had a strong season and I’ve heard some good things about ASU from my teammates,” said Green. “The coaching staff is real cool and I just want to see it for myself.”

During Green’s in-home visits with USC, the Trojan coaching staff convinced him that seeing the program on an official basis would still be beneficiary to his decision making process. That despite having been on campus for games and practices.

“The coaching staff kept telling me it would still be worth it,” said Green. “They said you get to see more and it’s a bit different than an unofficial. I decided it’s worth seeing more of a school I’m really thinking about.”

Granted, Green feels confident he knows everything about what USC has to offer as a football program and university.

“I asked all of my questions during the in-home visits and when I talked on the phone with the coaches,” said Green. “We talk about what it would be like for me if I went there.

“We talked about if I could still play with my knee injury and all of that. I don’t really have any more questions.”

Green tore his meniscus in the last game of the regular season versus Loyola High School. His subsequent surgery has eliminated any more football activities in the near future.

“I already had a knee injury prior to that, so they just fixed both of them” said Green. “I feel great now, but I’m not going to play in the Army game. I’ll fly in the 28th because I want to experience the whole week, but I won’t play.”

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