When it comes to recruiting you are going to hear the name of Christian Green a lot over the coming year. Green, 6-2 and 195 pounds, is a great athlete from Tampa (Fla.) Catholic High School. Over the past two seasons he has played quarterback for his high school team after starring as a freshman wide receiver. For the Class of 2010, he will be one of the most sought after prospects from the state of Florida.
"Last year (as a sophomore) Christian was largely an athlete playing quarterback," said Bob Henriguez, head coach at Tampa Catholic. "He's more comfortable at that position now and Christian is showing the ability to play the position. Now he makes plays with mind."
Green is an electrifying prospect that is at his best with the ball in his hands. He has the size and outstanding speed (4.45) and quickness. Green has the ability to play either quarterback or receiver at the next level. For those that doubt he can play receiver just need to know that he made honorable mention all-state as a freshman, scoring on ten touchdown passes.
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"I think I enjoy playing wide receiver more than quarterback," Green said. "I have good hands, size, speed and I can make plays. I know I will need to work hard to play it, like route running and the little things."
Green already has a dozen of so scholarship offers from schools like South Florida, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Michigan, Duke, Tennessee and Louisville. He still can't believe what's happening to him.
"It's still shocking to me. You know, you grow up watching college football and enjoying following all these great teams. Then, the schools you are watching are offering you. That's so cool and I still can't believe they want me to play football for them."
Green has ties to two in-state programs – South Florida and FSU. His dad played basketball for the Bulls and currently works for their School of Medicine while he had two cousins played football at FSU, running back William Cherry and wide receiver E.G. Green.
"My father wants me to make the best decision for me and where I want to go to college. Same with E.G. Of course, they all give me advice and basically they keep telling me to keep working hard and keep a level head. I have to work hard and compete every day. Sometimes kids in my shoes get big headed and they stop working."
Despite the ties to the Bulls and Seminoles, Green insists that he doesn't have a school favorite. In fact, he's just now beginning to think about where he would like to play college football.
"I have put too much thought into it yet. I mean I would like to stay in-state but I will honestly look at any school that I feel is right for me."
This football season Green has attended a bunch of games at USF, FSU, Miami and Florida.
"I think Florida State has a great staff and a great group of players. There is talent there and they are going in a positive direction. It's a young team with an overall good future ahead of them.
"The Florida program speaks for itself. They are a great team and they are going to win the national championship. The Gators have a heck of a group of coaches and players.
"To me, Miami is like FSU, they are young with lots of talent. In the next couple of years they will be on the level of Florida.
"You know I grew up a USF fan and we have season tickets. They are here in Tampa and I have always been to camps and stuff. They may have slipped up this season but I like the direction of this team and they have some good players coming in.
"Ultimately, I will pick a school where I feel like I am at home. I want a family environment and to be comfortable. Education and academics are important. I want to get a great education."
Green is also an outstanding basketball player, playing both point guard and shooting guard. He also plays for the AAU team, Nike Team Florida. Last season for Tampa Catholic he averaged 13 points. But it's his outstanding defensive play that he's known for.
"I always liked playing defense and I take a lot of pride in that part of my game."