April 18, 2012

Green his own man



KINGSLAND - Camden County defensive back J.J. Green has a unique perspective from inside the recruiting world.

As a small, yet electric player, Green's recruitment started off rather slowly in 2013 as he waited for his first offer to roll in, and in just a few short months, he is committed to the biggest university in his home state of Georgia.

The decision to commit to the Bulldogs, once he had some time to think about it, ended up being a rather easy one to make.

"The decision came down to me and my parents, and we just had to talk about it" said Green. "We thought it was time to move forward to Georgia. That place is was great. The coaches are great, and it just felt like home."

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound playmaker received an offer from the Bulldogs in early March and committed to head coach Mark Richt and company almost exactly a month later.

According to Green delaying the decision in order to see who might offer next was tempting, but not tempting enough.

"I was going to wait because I didn't just know that Georgia was going to be the place for me," said Green. "I was going to wait for the offers to just build up and evaluate all of the schools, but they had such a great coaching staff out of all the schools. Georgia was the team."

Green made the decision to join UGA's 2013 class while on a Monday trip to the UGA campus, but despite some of the rumors that spread through message boards and Twitter, the Camden standout didn't even know a commitment was coming when he arrived on Sunday.

"I didn't plan it at all," he said. "I just decided that I was going to go ahead and make it happen. My aunt and I went up there and she liked it. I just knew it was the place for me so I went a head and made a commitment."

As a star for the Wildcats on offense, defense, and special teams, Green has been able to form strong bonds with a number of his teammates, but there few that compare to his bond with his quarterback and fellow Georgia commit Brice Ramsey.

Many suspected that Ramsey's presence at UGA would help the Bulldogs the three star playmaker, but according to Green, the pull of playing with his friend and current teammate at the next level played a minimal role in his decision.

"My relationship with Brice really didn't play into it at all," said Green. "He is my quarterback and friend and people expected that to happen. Some say it was a package deal, but that's not really the deal. Georgia was just the place for me. I want to go out there and try to win a national championship.

Despite having the talent to play on either side of the ball at the next level, Green believes he will likely end up on the offensive side of the ball in the Classic City according to his conversations with the Georgia coaching staff.

Although Green is quick to mention that he will miss defense should he be asked to do all of his work on the offensive side of the ball at the next level, he is also thrilled about the opportunity to help his future team put points on the board.

"I'm excited about having the change to make plays," said Green. "It will be cool to have a chance to do things with the ball in my hand like I do here. The chance to do things and get the crowd on their feet is something that is pretty exciting."

In Green's three years in the Camden County program, he has been a starter on offense or defense for all three years and 2012 will be no different.

In his senior season, the Peach State playmaker will suit up with three other players who have multiple offers from BCS schools, offensive lineman J.P. Vonashek, linebacker Jarrad Davis, and Ramsey, and the expectations, even inside the Wildcat program, are as high as they can possible be.

"We always expect big things here," said Green. "Coach (Jeff) Herron always has high expectations. He doesn't want anything less than a state championship, and we are ready for anything. We have 'Blue Dawn' in the morning time where we get up around 4:30 or five o'clock in the morning to come to the school. We get here at 5:30 a.m. and go from there. We have weight training today, and we are ready."

As for his immediate future as a member of a Georgia class that already has 15 commitments for the class of 2013, Green, who plans to enroll in January, has his sights set on a few UGA targets that he hopes will join him in Athens.

"I want to get the best guys around," said Green. "I'm going to talk to the best guys on the board, and help get them to Georgia so we can make things happen."

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