Daniel Green (Brandon Huffman)

Utes closing in on former USC commit

After opening up his recruitment again, Utah has come on strong for linebacker Daniel Green

As schools and recruits get closer to Signing Day, it seems like the recruiting process tends to get more hectic. That may especially be the case for three star linebacker Daniel Green

A recent USC de-commit, Green has put himself back on the market in hopes of finding the best school for him. “I just felt like I wanted to open up my recruitment again and weigh my options, and just go with the school that I feel like is going to benefit me the most and show me the most love,” Green said.

Green is a solid all-around linebacker prospect. He possesses prototypical measurables, and has tremendous instincts for the position. “I feel like my biggest strength that most coaches tell me is I play sideline-to-sideline. I play fast, I diagnose plays fast, I’m a hitter, most coaches call me a striker,” he said.

What’s impressive about Green is that he not only knows what his strengths are but also where he can improve. “One thing I definitely want to work on is my hips, and becoming more fluid as an athlete which will help me in coverage,” he explained. 

Fresh off of his de-commitment from USC, Green is in no rush to make a decision. He's had several schools inquire about him, and he's planning on taking his time evaluating his options. “Oregon, Kansas State, Utah but a lot of schools have been calling. So I’m going to see who all is interested and then probably take all five of my visits and then go from there,” he said.

With new suitors showing interest and a more deliberate approach to making his decision this time around, Green knows what he’s looking for in the school he wants to attend. “Just a coaching staff that has the same mindset as me, every day and every practice we look to get better and win. A staff that will help me improve every day too," he said. “Academics are also important to me. A couple schools have come out and talked to me about the academics, and that’s a big part for me like what school is going to best fit me academically too. I’m kind of thinking of studying law or business. Coach Ena from Utah was one of those schools that came by and told me about that academic part, that they have a great business program and also told me about Coach Shah, which I really liked.” 

While only recently de-committing from USC, it sounds like Utah has positioned themselves fairly well with Green already. “I liked Coach Ena. He’s a cool dude. I like the University of Utah. I feel they’re one of those programs that are on the rise and have improved a lot. I’m planning to go down to Utah January 13th, I don’t have other visits planned but I’ll just figure it out as it comes,” he said.

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