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Friday, January 25, 2013
4-star LB talks Navy, taking in Rice

By Damon Sayles

For one four-star linebacker, he is hoping a frustrating recruiting experience comes to an end soon.

“I’ve been stressing a little over this process,”  D.J. Green (Mesquite, Texas/Horn) said, “but I know others are, too.”

After a solid official visit to Navy last weekend, the four-star athlete will take in Rice this weekend.

Green, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker, has offers from Navy and Eastern Michigan, and he also has an opportunity to be a grayshirt at Rice, as well as high interest from Utah State and Sam Houston State. Recruited by Owls defensive line coach Michael Slater, Green admitted that grayshirting isn’t his first choice, but he’s interested in hearing what Rice has to say.

“I want an offer, but people close to me are saying it’s a good thing,” Green said. “It might be worth it for a place like Rice.

“Rice is a grayshirt. Utah State is deciding if they want to [offer]. Sam Houston State is also deciding on if they want to.”

Green said he hopes the Rice trip will be just as fulfilling as the Navy trip was last weekend. Green described the Navy visit as “very nice, very fancy.”

“I like the school and program,” Green said of Navy. “I saw a lot of good things at it that I have seen at other schools combined. They have a beautiful campus and buildings, a good program on the rise, good history and a great coaching staff. I really liked the head coach and the brotherhood they have.”

Green is ranked No. 39 among outside linebackers nationally, but he also can play inside linebacker effectively. He is ranked No. 59 among players in Texas, as well.