March 4, 2008
Green is a rare player
CINCINNATI - Four year starters are a rarity even in high school, especially in talent-rich Ohio. But Cincinnati Wyoming two-way star Jacob Green will become one of those rare players this fall, and he's used every opportunity since his freshman season to make himself an even better player.
And he has nothing but good things to say about his coaches at Wyoming that gave him that opportunity. He feels like the chances to start early has helped him develop into a legitimate major college prospect.
"They've given me a chance to play early, and that's helped me really develop into what I am now," said Green, who measured in at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds at the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy in Cincinnati. "I started as a freshman every game. I started at defensive end. At our school it's hard to get recruited because we've never had a lot of big players, but every year they've switched me around to help me get better and help the team out. As a sophomore, that's when I started playing both tight end and linebacker."
That move become the best thing for him, even though there were some bumps in the road.
"At first it was a tough adjustment moving from d-end to linebacker," he said. "I had trouble reading and understanding the first couple of games, but I progressed well. Actually I ended up second on my team in tackles as a sophomore."
The end result is a player that will be one of Ohio's best for the class of 2009.
"Right now, I'm getting recruited in both areas (tight end and linebacker), so I'm just whatever the team needs me for I'll do," Green said. "I like both positions. I think they like me at tight end because they say I'm one of the best blockers they've seen. And some have told me at linebacker, I read the ball really well. I just like to play hard every play."
Green is already getting some serious attention from colleges.
"I have one official offer from Ball State," he said. "Then I'm getting a lot of attention from schools all over the Big Ten like Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and then schools like Cincinnati and others like that.
"I've visited Cincinnati for a junior day, and then I was up at Michigan for when they lost to Appalachian State. And I'm supposed to be going to Ohio State next Sunday to visit. The Buckeyes have always had a great tradition, so I think they're facilities will be top-notch and it'll be great to see what their campus is like."
He also likes what he saw from the Bearcats, but also knows it's really early in the recruiting process.
"The facilities are awesome at Cincinnati, and I know the coaches are great," he said. "I also know they use the tight end a lot, so that could be a good fit for me. I'm not really eyeing a school yet. I'm going to take my time."
He also wants to leave a lasting impression at Wyoming after he's done starting for the fourth straight season.
"I want to try to be at least all state and make possibly All-American for football," he said. "I want to get at least 10 touchdowns. I think it would also be incredible to help get the team to the playoffs."
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