Green Still Solid

D.J. Green

Pack Pride talks with Wolfpack commitment D.J. Green about his upcoming season and future plans to visit NC State.

D.J. Green gave his commitment to the Wolfpack at the end of June and the talented Georgia safety recently told Pack Pride that he is still solid to NC State.

The 6-4, 202-pound physical defensive back has been busy preparing for his final season of high school football like so many other senior prospects.

"We had a scrimmage last Friday," Green reported in a recent interview. "It went pretty well. Actually, it went real good. We're just trying to get that ring. We're doing pretty good so far.

“We've always got something to work on but I think we're gonna be pretty good. I'm covering a lot more ground a whole lot faster this year. I'm coming over faster and getting bigger hits."

Green has kept in regular contact with NC State assistant coach Andy McCollum, mostly through e-mail.

"I'm still pretty solid with NC State," he explained. "Marshall is still trying to pursue me, and I've been getting a few letters from other schools trying to invite me to games or whatever. I'm just visiting State as far as I know, though."

Green went on to say he believes his official visit to Raleigh will be for the Pack's annual game against rival North Carolina. While he has not kept in touch much with other NC State recruits from the class of 2010, there is another Georgian on the roster that he keeps up with.

"I've been trying to get up with some guys. I know Logan Winkles isn't too far. I just don't know how to get in touch with him. I do text with Rashard Smith. He's from Georgia, you know."

Macon (Ga.) Westside won their season opener 34-0 over Central as Green helped lead the defense.

Rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, Green 85 tackles, four interceptions, and four fumble recoveries from his free safety position in 2008, earning all-conference, all-region, and all-state honors.

Scouting Report: "Safety D.J. Green has flown completely under the recruiting radar this spring and the NC State coaching staff was probably glad he did.

"At 6-4 and 205 pounds, Green is a load at his safety position. Interestingly, with his frame it's certainly possible he could ultimately mature into an outside linebacker or even defensive end for the Pack although he'll begin his career in the defensive backfield.

"Playing free safety for his Westside High School squad, Green is the safety valve on defense and plays his position perfectly. He is a very sure tackler and does a good job of breaking down and making sure he doesn't over run plays. Green diagnoses plays well and is able to maneuver effectively to the ball-carrier to make the stop.

"While not a lot of film is available of Green in pass defense, he does show good ball skills and a nice burst in the limited amount of video available.

"One of the real positives with Green both physically and from a football standpoint is his upside. He is just scratching the surface of the player he can become for NC State once he arrives on campus in 2010." -- Pack Pride Recruiting Analyst Steve Williams

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