- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
The University of Alabama already has commitments from two running backs in its 2013 class, but that didn’t stop the Crimson Tide from offering Ryan Green, one of the top backs in the country, on Tuesday.
Green, an ESPNU 150 Watch List star from St. Petersburg, Fla., received his scholarship offer directly from UA head coach Nick Saban.
“It felt like an honor to talk to one of the best coaches, I think, in college football,” Green said. “The fact that Coach Saban was the one that offered me, it tells me that they see something in me that I might not see in myself because that’s a great program, and great athletes come out of Alabama. That was a good feeling.”
With the Tide offer, Green now has over 25 offers. He plans to narrow his list down this summer and feels like Alabama has a good chance to make the cut.
“They have a tradition of great running backs,” Green said. “I actually watched some of their spring practices on ESPN, and I just like the way they treat their players and the atmosphere of the place.”
Green wants to visit Tuscaloosa over the summer, along with Georgia and LSU. The Florida native is currently high on Notre Dame, where he’s visited twice, and the two in-state schools, Florida and Florida State.
Notre Dame: “It’s an up-and-coming program. They have a great coaching staff, great facilities. It’s a great place to be, and it’s a fantastic school. I just feel like that could be a good fit for me because I go to a school similar to that right now.”
Florida State: “I’ve always been a huge fan of Florida State since I was a child growing up because my sister and my aunt went there, and I just love the tradition they have as a football team. I like the staff as well.”
Florida: “With Florida, it’s the same thing. It’s funny because I grew up hating Florida because I’m a Florida State fan, but stuff like that changes once you’re recruited.”
Green plans to visit Florida this weekend for the Gators’ spring game.
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