Macon (GA) Westside standout D.J. Green
isn't receiving much buzz on the recruiting scene, but he has emerged as a major target for NC State.
Green totaled 85 tackles, four interceptions, and four fumble recoveries from his free safety position in 2008, earning all-conference, all-region, and all-state honors.
"I think I played well last year, but I'm going to be even better this season," said Green. "Last year I didn't get to do as much in the spring and summer because of basketball, but when basketball was over this year I went right to work. I feel like I'm a lot better now as a football player."
He attended the Scout Atlanta Combine and turned some heads. Checking in at 6-foot-4 and 202 pounds, outstanding size for a free safety, Green ripped off a 4.77 40-yard dash and a 4.60 shuttle. He also looked good during one-on-ones.
"He is a long safety that looked solid in coverage," wrote Scout.com Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmmons. "He really made nice breaks on the ball when he located it in the air."
"I had a good combine," said Green. "The only thing I feel like I needed to improve on was my 40, and I think that's because I ran with bad technique. I've worked on that and my takeoff and got down my 40... I'm running a 4.6-flat now."
Despite the lack of recruiting hype, Green holds offers from NC State, UAB, Troy, and Marshall while receiving heavy recruiting attention from Auburn and Florida among others.
With his ballskills, tackling ability, and great frame, Green could project as a ball-hawking free safety or an outside linebacker on the next level.
"Most colleges are recruiting me to play free safety," he stated. "They are recruiting me to play safety and outside linebacker. I want to play safety, but I wouldn't mind playing outside linebacker.
"If I had a choice I would play safety. The main reason is because I've always been a safety, and I feel comfortable there. I still think I could be really good at that strongside linebacker spot too though."
NC State appears to be looking to end Green's recruitment early. Wolfpack linebackers coach Andy McCollum is recruiting him extremely hard and has let him know that he is a priority. Assisting with Green's recruitment is defensive backs coach Mike Reed.
"Those are some cool guys," said Green. "Coach McCollum is always nice... I like talking with him about things. It's the same with coach Reed. He's down-to-earth... I like him a lot."
Green and his parents made the trip to Raleigh over the weekend for an unofficial visit. NC State was hosting its first football camp but informed Green that he didn't need to work out since he already held a scholarship offer. What did he think of the visit?
"It was great," said Green. "I think my parents liked it even more than me. It was real fun, and the school was real nice. I liked the coaches a lot too. They were all friendly, and I could tell how much they wanted me to go there. I can relate to them and could tell they weren't putting on a front.
"I know when I was talking to coach Reed he was telling me that no one knows about how nice their facilities are until they get there, and he was right. They were amazing. We took this tour and I got to see all of the campus and the facilities."
The early unofficial visit has put NC State at the top of Green's list.
"My favorite right now is NC State," he said. "I feel like they really want me the most, and the coaches are real. They try to build a good relationship with you and I like that.
"When I was talking with the coaches they said for me to make a decision whenever I was ready. They said to pick the school that I fit best and would be the best decision for me, even if it wasn't NC State."
Green believes his physical attributes attracted NC State's attention.
"They like how I fly up to the line and hit people," he said. "I'm physical and play hard. They also like my versatility. They said they can see me playing a lot of different positions on defense."
Does Green have a timeframe for reaching a decision?
"I think so," he stated. "I would like to decide by the end of the summer if I can... so I can get it out of the way before I play my final year."
Macon (GA) Westside standout D.J. Green isn't receiving much buzz on the recruiting scene, but he has emerged as a major target for NC State.
NC State leads for Macon (GA) Westside safety D.J. Green.