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Analysis: Examining TJ Green's Utah commitment

UteZone takes a closer look at what Ute commit T.J. Green brings to the program...

Last weekend was a good one for Utah football. Building momentum coming into signing day, Utah added a commitment from badly needed running back, Chandler, Arizona speedster T.J. Green.

Green committed to Oregon State in October and remained solid until he received an offer from the Utes two weeks ago. Coach Fred Whittingham did a good job of developing a relationship and selling Green on the program. After taking an official visit to Salt Lake City last week, Green decided to decommit from Oregon State, and announced his commitment on Saturday morning.


What He Brings to the Table

The first thing that stands out about Green is his overall athleticism. He has an impressive combination of speed, agility, and fluidity. He can run by you with his speed or make you miss with a juke move, but it’s his ability to change directions effortlessly that really stands out. The term elusive would probably be the best term to describe the type of runner he is. He’s very good at reading the defense and how the play is developing as well. His ability to catch the ball and his overall versatility will also be showcased in the Utes new offense.

What He Means for the Class

Green was the 14th commitment of the class, and the first skill player under the new offensive staff. He’s expected to be the only running back commitment of the class, which really didn’t become a need until late in the game. The fact that Utah was able to flip Green after getting involved so late in his recruitment is impressive. Coach Taylor and his offense had a solid influence on Green’s decision, and this commitment may be the first of a few more skill players to follow suit. 

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