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.
“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.