Green Picks the Wolfpack

D.J. Green

NC State has landed another verbal commitment as Macon (GA) Westside athlete D.J. Green informed the coaches today of his decision to play for the Wolfpack.

NC State has landed another verbal commitment as Macon (GA) Westside athlete D.J. Green informed the coaches today of his decision to play for the Wolfpack.

"I committed to NC State today," said Green. "I feel like it's the best fit for me. I like the coaches a lot, and I love the facilities so I talked with my family and I know that's where I want to play.

"Coach O'Brien was really excited. He said they are glad I'll be playing for the Wolfpack, and they want me to come up to some games this year and take my official visit in October."

NC State took the lead for Green after he visited unofficially over the weekend.

"It wasn't just the visit, but it helped a lot," he said. "I feel comfortable with the coaches and the team."

Green totaled 85 tackles, four interceptions, and four fumble recoveries from his 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."

Green committed to NC State over offers from UAB, Troy, and Marshall while receiving heavy recruiting attention from Auburn and Florida among others.

"Really it was everything about NC State. I'm excited about it... can't wait to get up there."

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's coaches] like how I fly up to the line and hit people," he added. "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."

Pack Pride will have more on Green's decision to attend NC State in the near future so stay tuned!

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