Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Navy a potential leader for Green
By Damon Sayles
Call D.J. Green (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) whatever you want. Just don’t call him fearless.
If he had his say, he’d want to be called relentless and resilient. Mentally, he’s your typical linebacker.
“I want the linemen, ball carriers and blockers know that I’m coming, and I’m coming hard,” said Green, a four-star linebacker still in the process of selecting a college.
With offers from Navy, SMU and Syracuse, Green has been taking his time with recruiting as of late. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker is now looking to put everything in high gear, yet at the same time make the right decision. Eastern Michigan has been the most recent school to offer.
Navy arguably has been the school that Green’s heard the most from. He said playing at Navy could be a lucrative move for him in more ways than one.
“I can succeed athletically and academically,” Green said. “Also, there’s the opportunity to play early. Finally, I like the motto it has. It’s about discipline and toughness.”
Wherever Green ends up, he’ll play with a chip on his shoulder. A former Baylor commit, Green finished his senior season with 128 tackles, two sacks, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. He averaged better than 10 tackles per game at Horn.
One of the big questions with Green involves where he’d play at linebacker. Evaluated as an outside linebacker all of last spring, Green feel he could be a better option as an inside linebacker.
“I fit inside better because of my mindset and my tackling ability,” Green said. “However, I don’t want to be limited to just inside. I’m working hard to be more athletic, and I’m experiencing different defense that put me in situations to play in space.”
Green is ranked No. 40 among outside linebackers nationally and No. 59 among players in Texas in the Class of 2013.