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Badgers Football: Taking a closer looking at new Wisconsin outside linebacker Izayah Green-May

Breaking down new Wisconsin outside linebacker Izayah Green-May, one of six early enrollees from the 2017 signing class

Izayah Green-May

Outside Linebacker

Commitment Date: 4/23/16


Three-time defensive MVP at Bolingbrook. Missed most of his senior season with an elbow and ankle injuries.

Recruiting Competition

Green-May picked Wisconsin over Power Five offers from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Syracuse and Virginia, as well as several other MAC and other mid-major offers.

Why Wisconsin? 

“My parents came with me on a visit, and they didn’t come with me on any other visit, and it just seemed like we were vibing as a family together. My parents are split up but it felt like it never happened (visiting Madison). I felt like it was a sign from God. Everything was going smooth and was just perfect. It felt different. I took the sign as there was something different about this place.”

Coach’s Comments

“It’s great that he’s here in campus because we get him in the weight room, get him on training table for an extra semester. He’s got fantastic. God only makes so many people on the planet over 6-5, and he’s one of them. With his athleticism and that kind of height, he’s a player who can be very special. As he grows and develops into his college body, we think he can do some special things at outside linebacker.” – Outside linebacker coach Tim Tibesar

Scouting Report

A long, lean edge rusher, Green-May is a fluid athlete who can bend the edge and has good range. He can get around the corner but also redirects himself well and runs plays down in pursuit. He must continue to add weight and strength to be able to anchor against the run and be more of an every down guy at the next level. The upside is there though because he has the frame to add that weight and is a good natural athlete. – National Recruiting Analyst Allen Trieu

BadgerNation Prediction

Green-May was already a pretty polished player going into his senior year in high school. Possessing a good size and a strong frame, Green-May was shown to be able to consistently to shed blocks and attack the ball carrier. Playing outside linebacker and a little bit of cornerback his junior year, Green-May fits Wisconsin’s 3-4 scheme really well.

While his game was fairly solid, Green-May’s biggest takeaway from his senior season in high school was learning patience and humility. Not only did Green-May dislocate his elbow in the first game of his season, he tweaked his ankle when he returned and was never able to stay healthy. 

“I learned that you’re still human, no matter if you have that hype or not,” Green-May said. “I personally didn’t feed into the hype, but you get the hype whether you like it or not. It’s going to be out there. As a Wisconsin commit you are supposed to be doing this, this and that and I have the injuries happen. I learned to respect the training room.”

While he admits he needs to improve his run defense in the middle of the field, Green-May never stops working on his pursuit of the quarterback or the ball carrier. That’s his secondary goal this spring, saying his main goal is to give the older guys as much competition as he can.

“I want to be a great teammate,” Green-May said. “If I just so happen to be the guy to play the position, then I would do it.”

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