Green Takes Shine to Wisconsin

The state of California had been a recruiting wasteland for the Wisconsin coaching staff until four-star quarterback Bart Houston committed in May. Now the Badgers might have the inside track on Zachary Green, an up-and-coming 2013 back that traveled to Madison for UW's three-day camp this week.

MADISON - With every new recruitment letter Zachary Green got in the mail, the more pressure he got from his dad to start doing his college research early.

Researching interest and letters from schools like California, Oregon, Oklahoma, Rice, Texas A&M, UCLA and USC, Green's research revealed that each school had a lot of things in common: a great tradition, winning football, nice facilities and great campuses.

When he looked at the University of Wisconsin, however, the Badgers had something all those other schools didn't, something that makes a young running back drool with excitement.

"I read about Wisconsin and they had three running backs over 995 yards last year," Green said. "I didn't even see any school come close to that. It kind of amazed me. There style of play they like is the type of running back that I am. I thought I would fit in real well at Wisconsin."

Just a sophomore, Green only wanted to attend one camp this summer to get the feel of college-level competition and the experience of working with college coaches. Seeing if he could camp at Wisconsin, Green's father got in contact with running back coach Thomas Hammock, sending me stats and video. Green was welcomed to attend the camp, and got a surprise out of the coaches when he actually arrived earlier this week.

"They were surprised that I came all the way out there," Green said. "They didn't think a California kid was going to come out."

Before even stepping on to campus, Green's father was told by one of the coaches that his son would have to prove that he was a solid player in speed and agility and not just ‘a super star coming out.' So Green spent time preparing for Wisconsin's camp by shaving tenths of a second off of his 40-yard dash and his short shuttle, hoping to make the hard work pay off.

"Looking at all the coaches there with their timers, I was even more nervous, so I was happy that I ran a 4.6," Green said. "I ran a 4.2 in the shuttle, and he told me that I did a real good job. I hope the coaches were happy with my overall performance in the camp. There are some little things that I need to work on, but they are just little things."

While a lot of prospects came for just Wisconsin's one-day camp on Monday, Green did all three days of Wisconsin's camp, a decision he feels was a big benefit to him.

"I just wanted to feel like what it would be like to be a Badger, live on campus, get a feel for the atmosphere and how they worked," Green said. "Just feeling like a Badger for a few days was really cool, practicing on the field and running some of their actual plays. It made me like the Badgers even more."

As a sophomore, Green managed to survive playing on a pass-based Cathedral HS team to rush for roughly 700 yards and five touchdowns on 80 rushing attempts and caught 21 passes for 167 yards and one touchdown. Transferring to St. Bonaventure to give his family an easier commute, Green is going to offense that loves to run the football.

"I'm going to do real good there because they are run based," Green said. "I am just going to go crazy that first game to show people that I belong."

Although he's just getting his feet wet this summer, Green is planning to push himself next year on the camp circuit to gain exposure and scholarship offers. No matter what offers come for him in the next year, an offer from Wisconsin may be tough for Green to run away from.

"The first offer I get from any school is going to be on my top list because that's the school that's the most interested in me, but Wisconsin is a great school for any running back to go to, especially me," Green said. "I want to get the full experience of going on official visits and not making the mistake of committing to a school too early.

"If Wisconsin offers though, it's going to be a really tough decision to hold off."

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