A shut-down corner speaks

Chad Green never thought he would get this much attention. For the 6-0, 175-pound receiver/corner from Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham, every call he gets from a coach and every piece of literature that comes through the mail just adds to the fun. But by watching how other teams react to his play and how they scheme according to where Chad is on the field, any outsider can see why colleges are hot on Green's trail.

"We're doing good," Green told Dawgman.com last night. "We're 4-2. We're 1-0 in our league. We beat Cleveland 44-7 on Friday and we play Granada Hills this Friday. They are 5-1. They are always pretty solid. They have a good group of coaches and always play disciplined."

Chad has 23 catches for 600 yards and 8 touchdowns so far on offense, but it's his play on the other side of the ball that's garnering attention from high school coaches searching for a way to puncture a tough Birmingham secondary, led by Green and UCLA commit Dennis Keyes. "I think I'm playing pretty well," Chad said. "We like to spread the ball around, and I think I've been pretty productive considering that. Defensively a lot of teams aren't throwing the ball to my side, but I've already equaled the number of interceptions I had all of last year (2) so it's all good right now. I shut Hart's main receiver down, number 44 (Cody Kase). Teams are shying away from me. There's a junior on the other side, Durrell Richardson, and teams are underestimating him. He can make big plays too."

When it comes to the attention off the field, it still catches Green by surprise a little bit. "It's been pretty tough," he said, thinking about the eventual choice he'll need to make. "When it all started I didn't think it was going to be this way at all. Recruiting has been pretty steady, consistent."

He currently has offers from Washington, Washington State, Kansas, Colorado State, California, Arizona State, LSU, Oregon and Oregon State. "A couple of schools call every week," Chad said. "Washington does. Coach (Rick) Neuheisel calls every once in a while and Coach (Steve) Axman calls every week. LSU, Nebraska, Kansas and Cal call every week."

Green already took an official visit to Oregon State the weekend of their game against Fresno State. "Brandon Browner was my host," he said. "He's from Sylmar. It was really interesting. Being from California and the LA area, it was interesting going to Corvallis. It was like, in the middle of nowhere. But it was also pretty cool. It was quiet and serene. It looked like a good place where I could get some studying done."

And the highlight of the trip? "Just going to the game and seeing everything live was nice," he said. "I got to hang out with the players afterward and that was really nice. We went to a party."

Chad has three other schools he knows he'll visit, although dates for the remaining trips haven't been set yet. "I don't have any other dates set in stone, but LSU, Washington and Oregon are the other schools I'm adamant about visiting," he said. "I'm going to try and take them in late November, early December if I can."

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