One of the top junior signal-callers in the state of Texas is not quite having the fall that he had anticipated. Instead of slicing up defenses with his big arm and dangerous feet, Cody Green is sitting on the sidelines on crutches watching his team battle without him.
In just the second week of the season, Green was knocked out of the game with an ankle injury and has been coping with the issue ever since.
"I did it against Nacogdoches in week two," he said. "I just got tackled wrong and somebody rolled up on my ankle. I hadn't felt anything like that before so I thought it was broken."
Though he avoided a broken ankle, the injury is still serious enough to keep him out for a healthy chunk of his junior season.
"It's been moving along," he explained. "It's a little bad, hopefully I can come back at full force. I don't really know when. I'm still on crutches right now."
With football on the backburner due to his recent setback, Green has more time to address his recruitment, which will be heavy over the course of the next two seasons.
"I mostly hear from A&M, Baylor, Houston and Oklahoma State," Green said. "Right now they are the teams talking to me the most. I'd like to hear from OU and Texas, but if they don't call that's ok then.
"Really it's just that curiosity," Green said in reference to his interest in OU and Texas. "I really don't know much about OU but I know they're a powerhouse and their reputation says a lot for them. Texas, I went there for camps and the coaching staff was pretty cool.
"I'm definitely going to try to go to the OU-A&M game and the A&M-Texas game. Those are the main ones I'm going to try to go to. A&M is high on me so I want to see what they can do with that pressure."
As a member of Rivals.com's 100 to watch in the class of 2009, Green will have plenty of opportunity on the recruiting front, but the dual-threat quarterback from just outside of Houston already has a few qualities that he's looking for in a school.
"I'll probably look at the school first and which one was the best school overall and then make my decision," he said. "Academic-wise, that's pretty much the main thing. I'm looking at majoring in animal science. I love being outside and being with animals so I guess it fits."
Distance may also play a factor for Green.
"I'm a homebody," he explained. "I'm down in Southeast Texas. As long as it's driving distance for the family to go to, it would be alright. I don't want it to be very long."
As a team-leader, Green is not taking his recruitment for granted, understanding what his presence means for his teammates as well.
"My goal is pretty much to try to get my receivers and my linemen scholarships," he said. "I want to try to get those guys attention because I've been seen by some people and some of them haven't."
Taking care of that ankle and getting back on the field would be the best thing Green could do for himself and his teammates, particularly with a team-first attitude such as that.