Recruiting heats up for Butte running back

After a breakout freshman campaign in 2007, Butte RB Alex Green (6-2, 215) has already started to hear from several four-year schools. caught up with the physical runner who hails from Oregon and he updated us on his offseason as well as what schools have contacted him and he even named a leader.

"Things have been going really well for me," Green told recently. "I really enjoy it here and I like the coaches and the players and we always have great teams here so I'm ready to see what else I can do."

Green was a standout on the gridiron for Benson High School in Portland, Oregon and he was getting plenty of attention from D-1 schools, but a less-than-stellar SAT score halted his plans of moving on to a four-year school.

"I went to Eastern Arizona when I didn't qualify, but it wasn't a good fit for me," Green said. "I got injured and I received a medical redshirt after that first season, but after I thought about it I just decided to move on.

"I came up here to Butte and I've been really happy. I feel the coaches up here are better and I love the area and playing up here."

His first year with the Roadrunners netted him 713 yards and six touchdowns on the ground as he split time with several other talented backs.

"I started the first four games, but then I had to sit out the San Mateo game with back spasms," Green said. "After that, we pretty much rotated and shared carries.

"It didn't really matter who started, because we all got about the same amount of touches, but every back wants to get the bulk of the carries, so it was real competitive and we all pushed each other and I think we all got the best out of each other."

On the recruiting front, schools from across the country have been in contact with the talented back.

"Oregon, Oregon State, Middle Tennessee, Washington, Florida International and LSU have all been talking to me a lot," Green said. "Of those schools, Oregon State is my leader.

"They have had some great backs there like Steven Jackson and Yvenson Bernard just graduated from there so they are looking for talented backs to come in and play. I think I would fit in well there."

Green is on pace to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two following he season.

We'll continue to follow his progress over the next few months and update things as they change.

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