One of the nation's top punter/kicker combos is heading to the Pac 10. David Green of Mission Viejo, Calif., had scholarship offers from LSU and Oregon, but decided this weekend to head to the Bay Area with his pledge.
"We got an offer from Stanford, and we accepted it," Ruben Green, David's father, said. "He's very excited about the decision. We've always loved the Bay Area, and he loved the academics at Stanford.
"He's going to major in biology, and it was the academics and the location that won him over."
Green is definite major pick up for the Cardinal. He will be ranked as one of the nation's top kickers by Rivals.com and national kicking analyst Chris Sailer calls him one of the best combination kickers around.
"David is a special talent," Sailer said. "He's very talented in both and will be a very successful college kicker."
Green didn't get to kick a lot of field goals as a junior, and was most successful in kickoff and punting situations. Seventy six percent of his kickoffs were touchbacks and he averaged around 45 yards a punt. This summer he's worked hard at getting even better.
"He's now averaging about 4.8 or 4.9 seconds of hang time and can punt it about 55 yards on average," Green sad. "He can hit some 65 yards and 5.1s on good days, but he's definitely worked hard at getting better."
Green earned all-league and all-CIF honors as a junior. Stanford assistant Jeff Hammerschmidt recruited him for the Cardinal.
"Coach Hammerschmidt first saw him at the camp in Las Vegas," Greens said.
"He really liked what he saw there and began recruiting him right away. We could not be any happier with the move. We've got a great coaching staff down here at Mission, but we're just as excited to be coached by the great coaches at Stanford, too."