March 7, 2012

Patient Green rewarded

Camden County defensive back J.J. Green has been waiting patiently for big time offers for longer than he would like.

The 5-foot-9, 170 pound athlete is a three-way star for Peach State powerhouse Camden County, but had only received one offer, from Duke.

Wednesday, a couple of SEC schools came calling for the Green's services.

"I was offered by the Georgia and Mississippi State Bulldogs today," laughed Green. "It was a big day to have those two big time offers come in today."

It was the offer from UGA, however, that the South Georgia star had been expecting all week.

"I had been saying all week that I thought Georgia was going to offer," he said. "Then Coach (Jeff) Herron called them today, and Coach (Mark) Richt told them that they wanted to offer me. They weren't sure where I would fit in or play just yet, but they want me on their team."

Green's uncle is former Florida standout Jaquez Green, and the Camden County prospect grew up admiring his playmaking uncle.

Although his uncle starred for the Gators, Green grew up a fan of two of Florida's most fierce rivals.

"I grew up rooting for Georgia," he said. "My whole family loves Georgia. I always loved Georgia. We are all Georgia fans. My friends and I used to talk about how we were going to grow up and go to Georgia together. We liked Florida State too, so it came down to those two schools. I like Florida, but my main schools were Georgia and Florida State. Brice (Ramsey) and I are best friends, and he is going to Georgia, there is that too."

Many have looked at Green's size and used it as an argument against why he isn't a more highly sought after recruit, but it is Greens mindset and knowledge of the game that sets him apart from other blue chip prospects.

"I grew up around football, and have been studying film since I was in middle school," said Green. "I would sleep under the coaches' desks while they were studying film, and wake up, watch film, then fall back asleep. I just know the game of football and know what to expect. My instincts and awareness are the best parts of how I play."

A great deal of his instincts and awareness can be attributed to growing up around the game of football, but Green has also learned a great deal about the game of football from being a part of one of the most successful programs in the state of Georgia and even the entire country for four years.

"Here at Camden, the coaches push us to the limit like colleges do," said Green. "We work really hard here, and we work year round. Our coaches make sure we do everything the best we can."

In the mean time, Green will be as busy taking visits as he is getting ready for the 2012 football season.

"I have some visits I'm going to be taking soon," he said. "Coach Richt told me that they have spring break next week, so me and Brice will be visiting UGA after that, during spring practice."

As spring quickly approaches, more and more offers will be going out to prospects all over the country, and Green figures to be no different.

Although the more offers are sure to pour in, Green still knows exactly when he plans to have it all figured out and make a decision.

"I want to decide by the end of July at the latest," he said. "I definitely want to have it over by football season."

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