Monday, February 4, 2013
Noles snapshot 2013: Ryan Green
By Corey Dowlar
To gear up for signing day, and beyond, NoleNation takes a look at each Seminoles commitment in the Class of 2013.
Vitals: Running back Ryan Green, St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic, 5-10, 187 pounds
Committed: Jun. 15, 2012
ESPN.com grade: 88, four-star prospect
ESPN.com rankings: No. 30 in the ESPN 150, No. 3 running back, No. 15 in the Southeast region and No. 8 in the state of Florida.
Picked Florida State over: Notre Dame
Despite some depth, Ryan Green's speed could get him into the RB rotation in 2013.
State of the position: Florida State has learned over the last two seasons that depth is very important at the running back position. Chris Thompson, a senior who had his season cut short due to a knee injury, has exhausted his eligibility and will try to make it in the professional ranks. Rising junior tailbacks Devonta Freeman and James Wilder Jr. are now the two main guys at running back. Mario Pender is waiting in the wings after a redshirt season that saw him recover from a groin injury, but he is largely untested.
ESPN.com scouting report: It's a talented year for backs out of Florida and Green may be the state's biggest home run threat. Green has top-end acceleration and an extra gear that makes him a threat to pull away on each touch. He excels as an outside cutback runner. He shows patience until the vertical crease opens, then has great upfield explosion off the plant. A bit high-cut for his frame but it doesn't really hinder his lateral movement. Shows very good lateral agility, almost gliding in and out of cuts. He picks and darts his way through traffic and has sharp, controlled footwork to hit the small seams, change direction and make defenders miss at the line of scrimmage. Does a great job taking advantage of overflowing defenders. He has the lateral agility to sidestep and get outside as well. When he gets the corner, it's six at the high school level and his speed should translate to the college level. He's a game-breaking speedster who will also attack the downhill seam. He runs behind his pads and consistently breaks arm tackles. He is difficult to tackle high when you combine his upper-body strength and downhill momentum. However, we would like to see him improve his lower-body power. His ability to consistently pull through tackles and push the pile at the next level may be a challenge early, but this explosive football player with polished ball skills will likely find a role on the field quickly.
Expected impact: Thompson was the Seminoles home run hitter for each of the last two seasons. With him now gone, that role has to be replaced. And Green has the best chance of filling it out of any running back on the roster next season. Wilder and Freeman are more between-the-tackles types, and Pender is a little more elusive, but Green has great speed and moves that should give him the chance to see the field early. Green has some size to him, too, so he should be relatively durable - at least more mass than Thompson did while struggling through tough injury-plagued seasons.