Corey Bender

Utah gives Green "something to think about"

The Illinois commit enjoyed his visit to Utah. Did the Utes do enough to win him over?

One of the top receivers from the state of Florida, Carmoni Green has been a hot commodity on the recruiting trail. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, the Utes have subtly established a strong connection within the Miami area. Thanks in large part to Coach Erickson, the Utes have landed commitments from very good South Florida prospects the last couple years. Could Green be another South Florida recruit to end up a Ute? He recently took an official visit to get a better idea of what the Utah football program is all about. 

“My trip was good, I loved it,” Green said.  “My favorite part was being able to hang out with one of my old teammates, and being around the coaches and the players.”

That former teammate Green mentioned is Utah freshman linebacker Donovan Thompson. “It was good seeing Donovan. He’s been doing real good at Utah, as have the other Florida kids out there too, like (Zack) Moss and Demari (Simpkins) and (Tyler) Huntley.”

While on his visit, Green got a better idea of what it’s like at Utah, “I spent a lot of time with Donovan. We went out and had fun. The fans were cool, and we talked a lot about playing at Utah,” he explained. “I spent some time with the Coaches. We went out to eat and it was just a lot of fun. Coach Erickson is the main guy recruiting me, and it was fun, and it was cool hanging out with Coach Holliday too.” 

Although Coach Erickson established the connection with the Miami Central receiver and built a strong relationship with him, Green got to spend a good amount of time with his would-be position coach at Utah, receivers coach Guy Holliday. “He’s a cool coach, and a good person to be around. I spent time with them in their wide receiver meeting, and we broke down some plays and talked about playing receiver at Utah. Coach told me I’d fit in the system perfectly with my athleticism,” he said. 

Green not only liked what he saw with the football program, but the academics and campus as a whole really impressed him as well. “I was able to talk with some folks about the academics, I want to major in business, and it was good to talk about them and get an idea of school work. We also got a tour of the campus, it was a big campus, and everything is like brand new,” he said.

The Utes made a strong impression, so could that change things for Utah in terms of Green's commitment to Illinois? “I’m still committed to Illinois, but Utah really opened eyes about my commitment, I have a lot to think about now. But I’m planning on taking my other visits and then I’ll make a decision from there,” he explained.

Green plans on taking visits to Washington State, North Carolina, and Illinois in January before making his final decision. 


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