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
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.”
Five-star down to four
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