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CB Green looks for playing time, right fit

12/7/2013

LITHONIA, Ga. -- One of the top uncommitted seniors in Georgia is ESPN 300 cornerback Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King). The 5-foot-11, 173-pound, quick and instinctive cover man was once committed to South Carolina and has entertained more than 25 offers throughout the process.

“As of today, I will be taking my official visit to South Carolina in January,” Green said Friday. “It will be Jan. 17, I believe. I also just had an in-home visit with Georgia on Tuesday. I had a nice little chat with them. And I’m supposed to be meeting with Ole Miss next week. It will be Coach [Jason] Jones that I have the in-home visit with.”

The in-home visit with the home-state Bulldogs furthered the relationship-building process.

“It was Coach [Scott] Lakatos, Coach [Chris] Wilson and Coach [Todd] Grantham that came in home. So far, Coach Wilson and I have built a pretty good relationship. He’s been at some of my camps and games and stuff. He just let me know how it is, how the system really works, and he seems like a straight-forward guy,” said Green, who is ranked No. 120 in the 2014 class.

Following Green’s September decommitment from South Carolina, the relationship with the Gamecocks staff was rocky for a while, but not broken.

“Right now, I’m pretty neutral with South Carolina. We are just trying to keep a good relationship. We don’t want to break any bonds or anything. We are still talking and I will probably visit in January," Green said. "They just say they want me; they need me. They want me to play boundary corner and help play in the nickel.”

While Green’s recruitment has always been a South Carolina-Georgia battle, Ole Miss can play the spoiler role.

“I always had a nice feel for Ole Miss from the first time I visited last summer. Coach Jones gave my dad and I a tour around the campus. We just talked a little bit about the schemes and how he would use me in the schemes,” Green said.

Taking a trip or two to the West Coast, or Ohio State, remains a possibility.

“I know I want to set a couple of visits to the West Coast. Maybe USC. Ohio State is also still trying to get me to visit, so that is possible,” Green said.

When Green sits down to make a final decision, the table will also have chairs for his bother and father.

“Right now, my brother and my father are a big part of the process. We are just trying to go somewhere I can be comfortable. Somewhere I can get the knowledge I need to get to the next level. Somewhere I can get my education, get that taken care of and have a life after football,” Green said.

Green quickly answered when asked about the most important factor in his decision-making process.

“The opportunity to play will probably be it,” Green said.

Like most prospects, there is the good and bad of the recruiting process. For Green, a confident cover corner, there is certainly some of both.

“The love that everyone shows. I love it. I love attention because my position is all abut being able to handle the spotlight. I just love the attention I get playing corner," Green said. "The negative is late at nights when I’m trying to go to sleep, people call my phone nonstop. That’s something I just really didn’t like. It came down to a point where I had to turn my phone off. The craziest day was when one reporter called me 12 times, all back-to-back-to-back. That was crazy.”

Green is the No. 14 corner in the class and the No. 9 prospect in Georgia.