5-star WR Green to visit UGA and family friend Richt

Christian Green reads the Internet, too. He has seen all the reports that list him as “a Florida lock” or as “Florida State-bound.” He knows most everybody in his hometown of Tampa and the state of Florida and the recruiting “blogosphere” pretty much discount his interest in the Georgia Bulldogs, with whom he’ll be making an official visit this weekend.

But he certainly offers up evidence to the contrary.

Christian Green plays quarterback for Tampa Catholic but he's considered the No. 4 wide receiver prospect in the nation and he's visiting Georgia this weekend. (Photo by BallHype.com).

Christian Green plays quarterback for Tampa Catholic but he's considered the No. 4 wide receiver prospect in the nation and he's visiting Georgia this weekend. (Photo by BallHype.com).

“I grew up a Georgia Bulldog fan,” said Green, who then slightly corrects himself. “Well, I grew up a Mark Richt fan. My cousin played for him at Florida State. So I started following Georgia when he went up there and I’ve liked them ever since. I know he’s a great coach with a great system and has a great staff around him. That’s why they’re in my top three.”

Green’s cousin is E.G. Green. In case you’ve forgotten, E.G. Green was one of the most dominating wide receivers in college football when Richt was drawing up and calling plays for the Seminoles in the mid-1990s. Playing for FSU from 1994-97, E.G. Green twice went over 1,000 yards receiving and he left as the ‘Noles all-time leader in receiving touchdowns with 29. He went on to become a third-round draft pick of the Indianapolis Colts and played three seasons in the NFL before finishing his professional career in Canada.

Christian Green said he made his first trip to Athens with his cousin and other family members before he was even a recruit. He said he hung around the Georgia football complex, met Richt, former receivers coach John Eason and other coaches and went to a game. He has since visited unofficially and will arrive Saturday as the Bulldogs’ only official visitor of the weekend.

“I was really impressed with them then and I remember thinking this is a place I could see myself playing at one day,” Christian Green said.

That’s good news for Georgia, which would be pulling a major coup if it could land Green. This 6-foot -2, 195-pound athlete is considered a 5-star prospect and the No. 4 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com. His primary position at Tampa Catholic High is quarterback but all agree he’ll play wideout at the next level. The Crusaders have played just two games this season and Green has been used only sparingly so far. He is 8-of-17 passing for 44 yards and two touchdowns and has 15 carries for 98 yards and two more scores.

“We play him a little at wideout but we need him at quarterback,” Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez said. “He had 10 TD catches as ninth grader. He’s a multi-talented football player with really no weaknesses.”

Henriquez also acknowledged that Green’s interest in Georgia was serious and said that the Bulldogs’ coaches aren’t the only ones recruiting him.

Green is friends with fellow Tampa natives Aaron Murray and Orson Charles, who play quarterback and tight end, respectively, for the Bulldogs. Murray and Green played together in some 7-on-7 leagues.

“Yeah, Aaron Murray’s been working on him,” Henriquez said with a laugh. “Aaron tried to recruit him away from Tampa Catholic over to Plant when he was over there, too. So I guess he’s recruiting him again.”

Green said he’s familiar with the Bulldogs’ depth chart and knows they’re lacking depth at receiver. In the end, though, he insists none of that is going to make a difference.

“All three of them are are great schools and great football programs,” Green said of his three finalists. “It will really just come down to where I have the most comfortable feeling with the players and the coaches and the environment.”

If that’s the criteria, the Dogs appear to have a shot.

79 comments Add your comment

Country Boy

September 25th, 2009
6:05 pm

Gator and Nole fans beware !!! Dawgs cann’t coach but can still recruit like Heck.

K-Town Dawg

September 25th, 2009
6:07 pm

You can see the game on ESPNU channel 614 on DIRECTV.

K-Town Dawg

September 25th, 2009
6:12 pm

GatorChomp,

Playing Time, how is that for a reason.
Another might be CMR’s success putting offensive skill players in the NFL. Or maybe the kid just doesn’t like that his family will have to wear jorts if they want to see him play at UF. Or maybe he doesn’t like the talk he hears from blowhard sidewalk UF fans like you. BOOK THAT!
In any event, good luck to the kid whoever he decides to play for.

GATOR CHOMP

September 25th, 2009
6:50 pm

My inside sources tell me dinner is ready.

Actually, that’s just my mom, calling me up from the basement.

p

September 25th, 2009
6:55 pm

LOL, silent commit. what a tool. BOOK IT.

bank walker

September 25th, 2009
7:33 pm

He is a UGA lean per his Auntie.

C.C.

September 25th, 2009
8:25 pm

GAYTORS BLOW

NRBQ

September 25th, 2009
11:03 pm

Ryan,

Sorry, the first couple sentences of you post induced catastrophic boredom and borderline sleep, and your follow-ups were even more deadly. But go Gatuhs, and whatever.

ghost dawg

September 25th, 2009
11:12 pm

Hey chomp, 1st pick in the draft and also 12th wasn’t it. Tebow will a second round fullback. Look at A.J., he will be a very hig 1st round pick, why wouldn’t a 5 * player want to come to UGa. I’ve got some bad news for the future ladies shoes, you act as if you will win all the NC for the next 100 years. You wont. If you win this season I will be supprised, you may lose at least two in the regular season. Don’t you hear urban crier whining for you om some gator blog or do theyu have one?

Carl Spackler

September 25th, 2009
11:52 pm

As a freshman, Christian was on his way to being the best wide receiver that ever came out of Florida, then he was switched to QB…he hasn’t played WR for years and will need to relearn the position, how to run routes, control his body & speed, etc…he is fassssssssssssssssssst, he picks up speed as he goes and gets faster and faster and just runs away from everyone, but he’s raw and will need someone to work with him to turn him into a top flight receiver…Murray has such a good touch that he can lay a ball out to a receiver where only one player had a shot at the ball and it wasn’t a DB…he had a couple of speed burners at Plant where he could lay out a ball and they were off to the races…during the spring and fall scrimmages it wasn’tt an accident that Murray always had a long TD or the most yardage, contrary to what CMR thinks, it’s not an accident…the kid stretches the field…wouldn’t worry about FSU as Christian would love to play w/ Murray and Charles…Murray is one heck of a persuasive influence and he probably talked a few of your freshman into camp this past year…I’ve seen Green play a ton of times and he’s not much of a QB, but he is by far the best athlete on the field and probably the whole county…BTW, there’s still another speed demon who’s a senior at Plant, I think his name is Sampson who also runs a sub 4.4 40 and scores by pass, punts, and kick-offs at a pretty regular pace…the only knock on him is his size…nice kid too boot…hope the coaches don’t get in the way of what could be a very explosive offense…heck, come on down to Tampa and replace Bobo w/ the coach from Plant, Coach Weiner has swagger and his whole team plays that way…great offensive mind and an even better modivator

gdawg77

September 25th, 2009
11:56 pm

CHIP,

Have you heard if Georgia is doing the BLACKOUT next week? I know the last two years they have done it for there biggest home game and next week LSU will probably be the highest rank team we have in Athens this year.

Red Dog 77

September 26th, 2009
2:30 am

gdawg77, dont think you will see black jerseys till we are back in the top 10 . And then of course we would have to be the home team.So imho dont think you will see them till next year.But then again if we were to shore up the D and Ol lady luck smiles on us and we were to run the table I could see us wearing them Nov. 14 against Auburn. Auburn is afraid of those black tops and red helmets!

jerry

September 26th, 2009
8:54 am

Sampson? hell yeah, sign him up

KyDawg

September 26th, 2009
9:48 am

If UF does have all those players back next year…He needs to come to UGA and play right away!!!

DawgMan

September 26th, 2009
10:01 am

Naganole: Actually, the rules changed as to how the “no-huddle” or fast break worked, allowing the other team to be able to substitute, which negated the advantages of the mis-matches created by the “fast break” style. There are other reasons a well, but that was the big one for the chnage in style.

Tucker

September 26th, 2009
10:32 am

Pi$$onaDawg, as your name indicates! you are a piece of $hit! typical ignorant and stupid techie! LOL.

UGA ALL THE WAY

September 26th, 2009
12:18 pm

Greene, you should know that your name is goin to fit there and maybe be the dominating one. take a look at most the wide receivers that have got drafted from the bulldogs. Florida jus tries to get any 5 star they can so that who ever is best will play and the others will jus sit out. u kno u will play at UGA and u would be a valuable asset to the team.

JORTSjim

September 26th, 2009
12:57 pm

Gator all the way, Baby. I saw this kid wearing a tank top and jean shorts just the other day, and he is only three gold chains and a bracelet away from being a true Gator. Write it down, my man is on his way to the greatest college town in the world, Gainsville, FL.

Kevin

September 26th, 2009
1:14 pm

The arrogance the Florida fans have is humorous to me at times. It really is where you feel at home at when it comes down to it with most recruits. I have been to florida and Athens and its not even close that I would rather be in Athens anyday. The campus is nicer, the stadium is nicer, the Tradition is greater. I was not impressed as I thought I would be at a game in the swamp it was loud but not as loud as people make it out to be. A big night game in Georgia to me was just as loud and i can contest for that been at both. Thing is if Sanford stadium ever closed that stadium in it would be over for opponents.

Griffin

September 26th, 2009
2:41 pm

Naganole, you read the kid says one thing but you say he means another. You say UGA doesn’t have the athletes FSU has. Really? I guess USF must have better athletes than FSU. You are not really the know it all you think you are.

Yellow Fuzz

September 26th, 2009
3:37 pm

Christian may want to visit Tech in 2009 when they “pound the hound” on a clean campus. Not to be confused with the “Thrash by 70 tons of trash” in Athens. And his degree witll mean a whole lot more in life as well.

gator

September 26th, 2009
3:44 pm

Kevin,

“The arrogance the Florida fans have is humorous to me at times”.

It’s called “walking the walk” dude. It’s our right. We have earned it! We have won 2 out of the last 3 NATIONAL championships, (not georgia STATE championships.

georgia fans are still at that “talking the talk” stage. They can’t walk the walk againts anyone by Tennessee A & M and lower tier SEC schools.

They bark loud but carry and little di*k.

Dawg Tired

September 27th, 2009
12:39 pm

Can he play defensive end?

v-town

September 27th, 2009
4:20 pm

i love dawgs but they are not humans ,stay off mike vick,he s did his time ,and stop going out killin deers and callin it game,green go where your desire ,and God is man best friend cave people love dawgs

A real Bulldog

September 27th, 2009
6:34 pm

DO YOU KNOW HOW CRAZY YOU ALL SOUND?????? YOU SOUND A LITTLE SCARED TOO.

Davie

September 27th, 2009
8:09 pm

He seems like he is just another Terrence Edwards. How can you say he is the fourth best WR in the country if he hardly if ever plays the position in high school? I would be more excited about a player who is bigger, stronger, and has experience catching the ball and is not some experiment.

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dawes

September 29th, 2009
8:37 pm

with aaron murray and orson charles at georgia he will be a dog you can book it dog athe way so canes and gators and noles fan don.t cry you eyes out

Globals

October 2nd, 2009
10:55 pm

all good things