6'1, 230 lbs
Pulaski Academy, Little Rock, AR.
TYPE OF PLAYER: Green is exactly what you look for in a big back. With ideal size at 6-1, 230, Green has a great frame at his age. Green is a bruising back, combining balance with suprising quickness for a back his size.
WHAT WE LIKE: What stands out about Green's film is his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. Not only is Green solid in between the tackles, he also provides the big play opportunity as a receiver. He is not a burner, but his vision and quickness make up for it.
One of Green's main strengths is his ability to stay on the ground. He rarely leaves his feet, using his balance and weight to his advantage. It is also very rare that he is taken down on the first hit, often dragging defenders before being brought down. There is no doubt that Green was what USC was looking for in the wake of losing Lendale White.
I love the fact that Green can be considered much more then a "thunder back." Sure, he embodies most of the characteristics of a bruising back. But don't underestimate his ability to catch the ball and make something happen with it. For a player his age, Green has a great grasp on the game. His vision really sets him apart from a lot of other running backs available. Like Lendale White before him, Green makes up for a lack of straight away speed with patience and the ability to make his own hole.
It is not often that the Trojan recruiting machine sets foot in Arkansas, but it is obvious that the coaches knew exactly what they were doing when targeting Green. Green will make a wonderful addition to the 2006 class of running backs.
WHAT HE NEEDS TO WORK ON: Green has yet to reach his physical prime. Green has a very complete game, but will need to work on his straight away speed before shifting his attention towards Division I football.
There are not many weaknesses in Green's game after watching film on him. Although he has solid quickness for a player his size, he can always work on his agility and his ability to cut on short notice.
REMINDS US OF: The obvious choice here would be Lendale White. Green possesses all the qualities you want in a big back, plus some. Green is much further along in terms of catching the ball out of the backfield then White was at USC. But other than that, both share very similar styles of running coming out of the high school ranks. For those last year who were worried about not bringing in a "thunder back," I think it was worth the wait.
DID YOU KNOW: Green comes from a great bloodline of athletes, including his brother Greg Wesley who currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.
BRODERICK SAYS: "What helped me make up my mind to give a commitment to USC was that every time I talked to Coach Carroll he would always stress education. A degree from USC will help me after I'm out of college because it's a good school to graduate from. Basically, the whole trip was great. I loved it."