As soon as the University of Wisconsin came calling with a scholarship offer, DeSoto (TX) High cornerback A.J. Green knew that the Badgers were the school he needed to visit. Why? The reason was simple: former teammate Chris Orr committed to the program in the 2015 recruiting cycle, which means Wisconsin must have a lot to offer.
“He’s a very good person, a very good person, with high character who does everything right, and he’s a very good kid,” Green told BadgerNation about Orr. “So when he went to Wisconsin, he said they love their players, it’s great to play there and it’s a great fan base. Because the kind of person he is, I knew he was telling me the truth. From what he said, I know it’s a great school.”
The Badgers made the offer to Green less than a month ago. Being recruited by secondary coach Daronte Jones, Green immediately thought of Orr when Wisconsin became an option.
“We had been texting even before that, and he said he was talking to the coaches and that they were going to offer me,” said Green. “I was shocked when it actually happened.”
Defensive backs are a big priority for the Badgers in this recruiting class, especially at cornerback. Wisconsin plans to lose at least five scholarship players after the season. Ranked a three-star recruit and the No.59 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, Green fits a need for UW.
“He said they were hurting in the defensive backfield, in the secondary, and they were looking to get some good players (this class),” said Green. “They haven’t got a DB in ’16, so there’s a chance for early playing time. I plan on getting up there soon for a visit.”
In addition to Wisconsin, Green said California, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State have been the most active with him over the last several weeks. He also said SMU and Texas Tech are in the mix of his approximate 20 offers.
“Those are the schools that have been hitting me pretty hard,” said Green. “I’m looking for a good relationship with the coaches, a family environment, a place where I can go for four years, get a good education and be set for life.”
Green says he has upcoming visits scheduled to Oklahoma State, SMU and Texas for a camp with his teammates July 24 and wants to visit California and possibly Missouri. Originally wanting to decide by the end of the month, Green acknowledged that taking some officials visits “wouldn’t hurt.”