- Derek Tyson, RecruitingNation
Junior running back Ryan Green visited Florida on Saturday to watch the Gators beat Vanderbilt 26-21. While on his visit, the 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from St. Petersburg (Fla.) St. Pete Catholic, picked up an offer from Florida head coach Will Muschamp.
Green, who also holds offers from FSU, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Purdue, and Kentucky, was impressed with his trip to Gainesville.
"I liked the visit, it was amazing," Green said. "I liked the intense game, and I got to go in the locker room after the game -- it was a good visit. I was just grateful that they had offered me. I was real excited."
With the victory over Vanderbilt, Florida snapped its four-game losing streak. Green said the crowd played a role in the Florida victory.
"Well, the Swamp is always pumped, and I liked it," he said. "But that game was louder than it has ever been -- from what I've heard."
Though Green was excited about the Florida offer, he grew up rooting for another in-state school.
"My sister went to Florida State, so I grew up a Seminole," he said. "As I got older, I started to like Florida a lot, and USC too."
In the win over Vanderbilt, Florida offensive coordinator Charlie Weis introduced the "pistol" formation, a formation that had not been seen up to this point in the season. Green took notice and said he likes what he saw from the Florida offense.
"I liked the Florida offense, I think it fits me perfectly," Green said. "I like the pistol formation a lot because if the hole isn't there, it gives you the opportunity to hit another hole."
Green added that it is still too early in the process to name any leaders, but he mentioned that the offer from Florida will put them near the top.
Through 10 games of his junior year, Green has amassed 1,171 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. He has also added three kickoff returns, two punt returns, and one interception return for touchdowns.