The Opening: Rasheem Green

The Gardena (Calif.) Serra five-star defensive lineman, Rasheem Green, ended on a high note...

It’s not about how you start, it’s about how you finish.

While it’s cliché, it certainly held true for Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive end Rasheem Green (6-4.5, 285).

Languishing with the defensive linemen at The Opening when he was playing inside, the final day saw Green move outside to defensive end.

That led to a light switch moment.

Green flourished at defensive end, making it to the Best of the Lineman Challenge, and emphatically winning all three reps against Keenan Walker, who’d had a terrific showing up until that point.

For Green, it’s what folks have always said he’s been capable of. When he wanted to, he could turn it on and with his physical tools, could dominate.

And that’s what he did.

“It felt great to do what I did,” said Green. “It was a great feeling, knowing I was able to finish with a bang. I play end for my school, so I’m more comfortable there, but I can play both. Most schools say I could play both end and tackle, which is a plus for me, which means I can play either spot. I don’t know what clicked, but I thought I ended it really good.”

While he ended The Opening on a high note, there doesn’t appear to be any immediate end to his recruitment.

Last month, Green named a top 15, in no order, of UCLA, Stanford, USC, Oregon, Miami, Notre Dame, California, Arizona State, Vanderbilt, Alabama, Boston College, Kentucky, Florida, LSU and Oklahoma.

Another list cut is coming before the end of summer.

“I plan to cut to a top 10 before the season, then I’ll choose the five official visits and I’ll make my decision next year,” said Green. “I’m going to the U.S. Army Bowl and I’m going to announce at the game and then I’ll be done.”

Green said that UCLA and USC are not likely to get official visits at this point, though both will be heavy players in his recruitment.

“I’ll probably not visit UCLA or USC officially because they’re so close and I can go whenever I want to,” said Green. “I’m going to try and go across the country for my five official visits so I can see more. I haven’t set any official visits yet. I’ll do that after my next cut.”

While the two local schools aren’t slated for official visits now, they’re very much on Green.

“I’d definitely say the two schools closest to me, UCLA and USC, are recruiting me the hardest,” said Green. “They’re the schools that hit me up the most on social media and send me the most mail.”

The five-star is getting recruited by a plethora of coaches at each school.

“Coach (Adrian) Klemm, Coach Angus (McClure), Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin), a mixture of all the coaches from UCLA are recruiting me. Sometimes it’s the receivers coach (Eric Yarber), some times it’s Coach (Jim) Mora,” said Green.

It’s much the same across town.

“Coach (Chris) Wilson, sometimes Coach Sark (Steve Sarkisian), Coach (Peter) Sirmon, Tee Martin, a mix of all the coaches there too,” said Green. “It all depends on who comes by, or who hits me up on social media. But I hear from all the SC coaches too.”

Now comes the final season of Green’s prep career, and one he’s hoping will benefit from his performance in Beaverton.

“I’ve got a lot of confidence now and I’m going to use it this year,” said Green.

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