Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge 2016 quarterback Seth Green will not play his first game as a sophomore until Thursday, but already his recruitment is following that of a big-time Division I recruit.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Green started nine of his team's varsity games under center as a freshman last season. He camped with just two schools this summer - Minnesota and Louisville. Both programs offered him a scholarship after his workout.
"The Minnesota offer came through first. It was after the quarterback camp," Green said. "They said they liked how I stayed poised in the pocket, made the decisions that needed to be made and got the ball where it needed to be. Also, they said they liked my work ethic and how I always stayed with it."
Grabbing an offer from the home state school before his sophomore season has been as much a motivating factor for Green as it has been a testimony to his talents.
"It was a great feeling," he said. "It showed me how hard work pays off, but also how much harder I need to keep working to get where I need to be at."
While Minnesota being the first to offer could be expected for the in-state prospect, Louisville being the second is a little more unexpected.
"The Louisville offer came when we started installing some new stuff into our offense, and some of it was Louisville stuff," Green said. "Shawn Watson, the quarterbacks coach at Louisville, watched some film on me, liked what he saw and invited me to the camp. After I performed at the camp, they offered me."
The camp visit was Green's first experience on the Cardinal's campus, and heightened his appreciation for the program.
"Before that, I remembered Louisville for the Sugar Bowl," Green said. "I wasn't a huge Louisville follower until [last] year with Teddy Bridgewater. Going out there was a great experience and got to show me some new things, a new atmosphere."
With two early offers, Green is staying humble and making sure to put his team first. Fortunately he has been able to watch upperclass teammate J.C. Hassenauer, the nation's No. 1 ranked offensive center prospect in 2014, go through the recruiting process and the young passer been taking notes.
"He took me under his wing once I went to East Ridge and showed me the ropes," Green said. "Watching him go through the recruiting process was interesting for me because it showed me what should be done, what's good to do and what you shouldn't do."
Although his recruitment is off to an early start, Green's focus is first on his team. He has no college game visits planned for the fall, and does not expect to take any until late in the season, if at all. His first priority - and his priority this past off-season - was becoming a better quarterback and leader for his team.
"For me, it's mostly been mental because that is the biggest part of the quarterback position - knowing what to do, where to go and when to do it depending on the defense," Green said. "I have a better knowledge on what to work towards to get my team better so we can be successful."
Green will lead East Ridge into their 2013 campaign this Thursday at 7 p.m. CT against White Bear Lake.