Offers on the rise for Illinois LB

North Chicago, Ill., linebacker Kevin Green is a "Top 10" prospect in the Land of Lincoln. Green is an athlete that can play on either side of the football but projects as a linebacker. Check out who made Green's current list of favorites.

Editor's note: Last month BadgerNation.com reported that Kevin Green, a class of 2006 linebacker from North Chicago Community High School, had interest in, and was receiving interest from, the University of Wisconsin.

Green, however, does not mention the Badgers in the story below, which Chris Pool originally published May 10. UW signed Green's teammate O'Brien Schofield to the class of 2005 last February. Considering the scholarship offers Green has already received it is a bit surprising that UW is not in the picture at this point.

However, the Badgers appear to be going linebacker-light in 2006 recruiting. After signing as many as six future linebackers in February, UW has only extended one known offer to a class of 2006 linebacker. That is Anthony Lewis, of Haltom City, Texas, who last month told OUInsider.com that the Badgers were in his top five.

North Chicago, Ill., linebacker Kevin Green is a "Top 10" prospect in the Land of Lincoln. Green is an athlete that can play on either side of the football but projects as a linebacker.

"Right now I have offers from Purdue, Minnesota, Bowling Green, Toledo, Ball State and Navy," Green said.

"My favorites are Purdue, Minnesota, Ohio State, Iowa, Bowling Green, Toledo and Navy."

Will the University of Illinois make a go at one of the top prospects in the Land of Lincoln?

"That's a good question," Green said. "They (Illinois) made a mistake by not offering Michael Turner (Northern Illinois/San Diego Chargers). I haven't heard much from Illinois and that's surprising."

Illinois has offered a couple of in-state linebackers. Ron Zook and his staff have offered Naperville's Osahon Tongo and Kankakee's Dustin Jefferson but Green could get an offer if he attends the Illinois summer camp.

Green denies a leader but favors Purdue. Ohio State could be a serious player in the fall. The Buckeyes have been sending Green hand-written mail on a weekly basis. Iowa assistant coach, Lester Erb, has also told Green to be patient.

Minnesota could be the dark horse in the Kevin Green sweepstakes. Gophers assistant coach Vic Adamle does a great job at recruiting the Chicago area and Minnesota finished a close second last season for All-American Ryan Bain.

"I've gotten calls from Michigan State, Notre Dame, Illinois, Iowa and Toledo," Green said. "I'm camping at Iowa, Notre Dame and Ohio State this summer."

The 6-foot-2, 205-pound, Green, rushed for 1,060 yards and averaged 9.1 yards per carry as a junior. On defense, he had 55 solo tackles, 14 tackles for loss and two sacks.

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