Cali burner has a leader

HE'S A FAST three-star prep running back who tallied nearly 1,200 yards on only 57 carries in 2012. But with his quick burst and advanced ability to catch the ball, he fits the perfect mold for a slot receiver in the Air Raid offense. He holds nine offers, but tells CF.C that one school sits at the top of his list.

Since being offered by Washington State, Calvin Green out of Sacramento has quietly added eight more offers, including ones from Arizona State, Boise State, Nevada, Fresno State, Colorado State and others.

One school, he said, stands apart.

"I have a top three right now of Arizona State, Boise State and Washington State," Green said. "I'm interested in all the schools that have offered me, but my favorite would have to be Washington State."

There's a specific reason for that, he said.

"I just really like their offense and I think I could be a difference maker for them up there," Green said. "The coaches have told me I could come up and contribute and that they like my speed and quickness. They let me know about that all the time."

WASHINGTON STATE BEING first to offer isn't something he's forgotten as the offers have piled up.

"It was almost like a dream come true for me," Green said of the Cougar schollie. "They were my first offer and that means a lot to me. It shows that they're interested in me. In talking with the coaches, I like Washington State a lot and I'd say they're my number one school right now."

The Burbank High standout received his WSU offer from area recruiter Clay McGuire, who remains in contact with the speedy athlete.

"I spoke with Coach McGuire (Wednesday) actually and we talked about the commitments the Cougars have picked up and the positive direction that the program is headed," Green said. "I've also talked with Coach Leach a few times and he told me he's excited at the thought of me possibly joining the team."

THE 5-10, 165-POUNDER rushed the ball 57 times for Burbank in 2012, recording 1,178 yards and 12 touchdowns, according to He also added 23 receptions for 543 yards and six touchdowns through the air while recording 61 tackles with five interceptions on defense.

He added another 677 yards in combined punt and kickoff returns, sporting a 47.71 KOR average on seven tries, and a 20.18 yard average on punt returns (17 for 343 yards.)

That versatility caught the eyes of McGuire and the rest of the WSU staff.

"They want me to come play for them as a slot receiver," Green said. "Coach McGuire told me I could fit really went into their system because of my speed. I'm a running back, but we pass a lot here at Burbank and I'm able to catch the ball out of the backfield very well."

GREEN ADDED THAT he won't be making a final college decision until either December or January and that he'd like to take some visits before making the call. This includes a potential unofficial visit to the Palouse this summer, which Green said he's "definitely" trying to make happen. If that doesn't work out, he said he's planning on taking an official visit in the fall.

During those trips, there's something in particular he's hoping to see.

"I just want to find a place that feels comfortable for me where I can go in and make a difference," Green said. "I'm also looking for kind of a family environment on campus. That's big for me."

  • The Cougs remained active on the recruiting trail last night, offering class of 2015 cornerback Tyrek Cole. The 5-10, 165-pounder, who hails from Miramar, Fla., holds several offers including Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Miami, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Tennessee, West Virginia and several others in addition to Washington State.

  • Concord, Calif. cornerback Kevin Griffin, who was offered by Washington State on Monday, has since added an offer from Montana. WSU was Griffins first offer.

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