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

TampaGator

September 25th, 2009
6:23 am

The last statement is interesting. I don’t think he has even visted the campus is Gainesville and he lives 2 hours away in Tampa. He certainly has strong FSU ties and I think, in the end, he will be a Nole.

naganole

September 25th, 2009
6:29 am

Saying he’s a fan of Mark Richt is misleading. He was a fan of the “fast break” offense that FSU used until Richt left. Richt didn’t take with him to UGA because he felt they didn’t have the athletes, so he switched to a pro-style offense.

GATOR CHOMP

September 25th, 2009
6:57 am

GATOR LOCK My inside sources tells me that this kid is a silent commit 2 the Gators.”BOOK IT”

SickandTired

September 25th, 2009
7:17 am

Hey Gator, if that’s the case the kid obviously has good sense. It looks like he’s just enjoying a free trip. To be as close to the Florida campus as he is and to have ties with FSU thru family he would not have good judgement to go to UGA because obviously he wouldn’t want to compete for national championships. FSU will win one before Georgia and Florida is gonna be in the mix every year.

K

September 25th, 2009
7:24 am

I smell a future DAWG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

SuperB

September 25th, 2009
7:31 am

Christian: The Dawgs want you!!! and you know what a fine man and great coach Mark Richt is.
Aaron Murray and Orson Charles will be All-americans for the Dawgs– and you could be too!

jason

September 25th, 2009
7:49 am

superb is right get in on something special thats coming the dawgs way.

ReptilesRule

September 25th, 2009
7:54 am

The situation at Florida right now is that he would have a very good chance of coming in and starting for the Gators…this year. Yes, it’s that critical at WR this year in Gainesville…

ROLL TIDE

September 25th, 2009
8:00 am

ROLL TIDE!!!!

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 25th, 2009
8:12 am

Hard to say if AJ will play his senior year? Dawgs could swap one Green for the other or hopefully split them between the hedges. Murray… to Green again.. TOUCHDOWN !!!!!!

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 25th, 2009
8:13 am

Anyone know which TV station is picking up the UGA/ASU game tomorrow ? ESPNU ??

Chef montuer

September 25th, 2009
8:25 am

can he play D

Richard Hamilton

September 25th, 2009
8:26 am

What happened to all these great receivers florida has signed the past 3 years??? I thought they were loaded at wide receiver?

Jake

September 25th, 2009
8:30 am

If he is an official visitor to Georgia this weekend then his cell phone will be busy with calls from Urban Meyer. There is no rule against it but it is smarmy at best.

Paddy

September 25th, 2009
8:55 am

Gator Chomp….the last two times you said “book it” they didn’t actually go the way of your prediction. Hope you have changed inside sources. Say hello to Carnack.

savannadawg.

September 25th, 2009
9:05 am

Don’t worry ReptilesRule, we at dawgland will make your recievers look like ALLSTARS thanks to Willies poor D.

Pit Bull

September 25th, 2009
9:07 am

Green, if you come to Ga. you better be ready to catch passes from Murray. You will play as a freshman at Ga. and you know Murray will be looking for you as well as working you in the off season. With AJ doubled on the other side, you will have plently of opportunity! You are lucky you are arriving at a good time. Welcome!

Uga91

September 25th, 2009
9:11 am

C’mon Tampa Gator show us some love…the kid went on and on about how much he likes UGA and you predict FSU…what’s that about?

dawgster

September 25th, 2009
9:19 am

guys why should you be surprised by the “book-it” facts that the gator supporters continue to throw out, and yes i see these type of commentst about where these kids are going from the dawg fans too, but honestly, how is that the gators get everyone of these players, but yet the cupboard seems to be empty at receiver…but based on previous blogs, every player in the country signed with them and will continue too,if they want them, maybe alot will but you have only so many scholarships, at it amazes me when i read about who was signed and if you didn’t get one of the so called 5 star players, then you didn’t really want them, these kids will make these decisions based on alot of things, but if they are not signed, then they are not a lock…”book-it”

Eagleman

September 25th, 2009
9:23 am

naganole…..you are so full of Sh-t…did you make your post just to see your name on the blog?misleading? Are you trying to put words in the kids mouth?….You know nothing about what Richt does or why he does what he does with his offense. I’ll bet you one thing though..UGA has more athletes than FSU does because of Richt.Since Richt left FSU your team has gone down hill every year since.

ryan

September 25th, 2009
9:31 am

Richard, as for WRs at Florida — they’ve had some transfers, injuries and some players just not work out. The result is pretty underwhelming.

Since the 2006 class: Percy Harvin (5*) went pro. Jarred Fayson (5*) transferred to Illinois. Justin Williams (4*) went from WR to S back to WR and can’t break the third string. Another senior would be Nyan Boetang who transferred to Cal, where he looks good. Deonte Thompson (5*) was out vs UT with a hamstring. Joe Haden (3*) was recruited as a WR but moved to starting CB as a freshman. Paul Wilson (2*) had career-ending injuries. Carl Moore (4*) hurt his back in 2-a-days and is probably out for the year. Young guys Hammond (3*), Hines (4*) and Lawrence (3*) haven’t earned coaches’ trust. Last year’s only WR recruit, Andre Debose (5*), had surgery last week and is gone for the season.

That leaves the Gators with Cooper (a 4* safety out of high school who’s more of an athlete than a WR – he was drafted by MLBaseball), 5* David Nelson who has no explosiveness and 5′7″ Brandon James (a kickoff specialist) as the starting WRs.

Chip Towers

September 25th, 2009
9:43 am

Tampa Gator: Christian told me he’s actually been to both the Florida and FSU campuses multiple times. It’s one reason people are so sure he’s going to end up at one of the two places. But he said it’s only because the campuses are so close.

dawgster

September 25th, 2009
9:50 am

Interesting…gators seem to be having some of the same issues that the dawgs had last season with 18 or 19 season ending injuris, you think maybe, just maybe this played into one of the main reasons we didn’t achieve our pre-season goals,just a thought here, but if things like this happens to the dawgs or some other teams, then they get accused of not recruiting the way they should or not coaching them up, but with the gators these are ledgit reasons, right?, the fact is injuries, suspensions, transfers and etc do play a huge part in how your team performs and also how recruits look at it as far as the depth chart, but please gators stop acting like your cupboard is bare…don’t you get all the 5 star players around the country

ryan

September 25th, 2009
9:57 am

dawgster – read my post again. That was an update of EVERY WR recruit since 2006. Fact is, the cupboard IS bare right now. Next year looks more promising with Moore and Debose coming back from injury and Thompson and Hines having another year under their belts (plus add a new good freshman or two to the mix).

No excuses though for the Gators. The rest of the team looks good and the defense should get even better as the year progresses. The WRs make news because they are not a core that looks like they should be on the #1 team in the nation.

dawgster

September 25th, 2009
10:08 am

ryan, reread your post and understand what you were getting at, my point really is about not just the gators, but alot of teams, and how injuries and other issues can affect your team, i was being somewhat sarcastic about all the 5 star recruits you get, my point i was trying to get to was that last year and even this year we are being bashed, and yes alot by our own fans, about why we underachieved last year and even some this year, as you well stated, your problems are at WR positions and some of ours are at some critical defensive positions and have been the last 2 or 3 years, i believe the coaching staff is trying to address these and i’m sure some “5 star recruits will help, but whether they are 3, 4 or 5 stars doesn’t mean alot until they actually get out there…for the dawgs sake, i hope the gators continue to have WR problems, but have a feeling that problem will be taken care of…

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 25th, 2009
10:30 am

Great post Ryan

TheItalianDawg

September 25th, 2009
10:46 am

he sounds a dawg to me! but again those kids love playing the guessing game so I never trust whatever they say

naganole

September 25th, 2009
11:09 am

Eagleman You’re post does wonders for the image of UGA fans. You must make your parents so proud. in 2000 UGA did NOT have the athletes it has now. I don’t think anyone who follows the team would argue that.

Yes,. UF does have some problems at WR, but DuBose will be back next year, and Dunkley is considered a Gator silent. The Gators will not lack depth at WR next year.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 25th, 2009
11:33 am

Hey Vick Dog Killing Thug – where is your head? No station is picking up the Dogs tomorrow because tomorrow is FRIDAY! Perhaps you would be better on the Braves blog?

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 25th, 2009
11:39 am

Let’s see – a lack of a deep threat at WR and a new QB next year. Several players are graduating along with the great TEABlow. Florida will have at 3 loses in 2011 and one of them will be to UGA. USC had 11 players go to the NFL this past season including their QB and their offense has not recovered. The same will be true for the Gaggers.

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 25th, 2009
11:42 am

UGA has as good a chance of getting Christian Green as Florida and if Florida State gets him that won’t hurt UGA. 2 out of 3 chances to go somewhere besides the Gaggers is good.

EW

September 25th, 2009
12:56 pm

Flo Ri Duhm asss….tomorrow is saturday.

wolfdawg

September 25th, 2009
1:04 pm

Floriduuuuuhhh, you are a damn idiot.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 25th, 2009
1:15 pm

K get your nose out of my BUTT. I hate you trying to smell future dogs infront of my dad (Urban). CMR is the only dog that can sniff me.

Chad

September 25th, 2009
1:19 pm

Sounds like Greens recruiting is still up in the air, I think he will end up at Florida State myself.

Video Recruiting Info:
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shawn

September 25th, 2009
1:30 pm

With AJ, M Moore, M. Brown, R. Wooten, DaRick coming nxt year, I don’t see him coming to UGA, unfortunately. Hope I am wrong.

CJ Dawg

September 25th, 2009
2:09 pm

Vick=DogKillingThug-ESPNU is the only carrier of the game. Hope you have it on Comcast.

Pi$$onaDawg

September 25th, 2009
2:29 pm

Vick+dog can’t even get Cable, the NET, or Satalite in his GHETTO. Too amny bros keep trying to splice and steal it. They are not wrong they are just the POSSE (blood sucking fleas) living off the Big DOG. Tell’um Mike VICK how that works.

King Gator

September 25th, 2009
2:52 pm

Ive seen him play in Tampa, he’s a stud. Would be a nice pickup for the Gators, he’d fit in and play right away; but if he goes to UGA or FSU so be it. The Gators can sign 4/5 star WR’s all day long, just means we’ll get someone else with a high rating. FSU needs him the most, UGA has a good recent pipeline of WR’s from GA/SC; It will be up to the prospect to decide if he wants to win NC’s or fight to get in the SEC/ACC championship game once during his 4 year college career. Dawgs celebrate touchdowns, Gators celebrate National Championships! 3 in 4 years in ‘09!

dawgster

September 25th, 2009
3:16 pm

Here we go another gator telling us how the mighty gators can sign 4/5 star recruits all day long and how they will win the NC again, you just might, but remember things go in cycles and while the gators may always be good, your so called superiority may take a hit, and based on the comments that Coach Meyer said after the Tenn/Fla game and the excuses for why you didn’t play so great, is he preparing everyone for what’s to come, you won the game, but you surely didn’t destroy them as the gator nation thought, don’t know where Mr. Green will go but i hope he makes the right decision for him and his family…I will add this though, when the dawgs have lost or have not played well, Coach Richt does not try and make excuses for the performance other than to state that the team did not execute, and yes there have been times when the dawgs have had players who were or had been sick or injured before a game, still have to go out and fight, but because you didn’t lay 50 on Tenn, please don’t come with the excuses, however i wouldn’t have felt too bad to see the Vols coaching staff get 50 layed on them…

BurningRedBleedingBlack

September 25th, 2009
3:20 pm

GO GAYTUH

September 25th, 2009
3:20 pm

1…. 2,3,4,5, them Gaytuhs don’t take no jive… Come to Floriduh to play for corch Meyers if you wanna have the best offense plays of the year.

FLDAWG

September 25th, 2009
3:46 pm

GATOR CHOMP, your inside sources??? yeah right, just because you are a member of the rivals site does not qualify you as an insider.

athens chris

September 25th, 2009
3:50 pm

WE NEED GREEN! AJ will leave after next year. Michael Moore graduates soon(I think). We will be left with Marlon, Da’Rick, Wooten, and TK. Four good receivers is NOT enough.

GATOR CHOMP

September 25th, 2009
4:33 pm

FLDAWG, Stop dreaming clown,The kid is all Gator and my sources do not come from scout or rivals you moron.

Are you for real?

September 25th, 2009
4:40 pm

The Gators on here are good for a long laugh! Keep them coming!

GATOR CHOMP

September 25th, 2009
4:44 pm

MUTTS, You cowards give me one good reason why this kid would want to be a BULLDOG.No Championship Title in almost 30 years,A defense that cant stop my 88 year old grandaddy from scoring,A coach that is to soft and scared to fire his defensive coordinator.What a joke of a team,You losers talk to me when you actually win something besides the SUGAR BOWL over a overrated Hawaii team.See you clowns in JAX for your yearly beatdown.GATORS OR DIE!!!!!!

Are you for real?

September 25th, 2009
4:50 pm

LOL! keep it coming! Been to the cardiologists lately lizard snap?

Kentucky is next

September 25th, 2009
5:44 pm

Mr. Green, I guess you are not looking to win a National Title if you are thinking about heading to Athens for four years. Atlanta’s Martin Luther King’s high school star wide receiver is making the wise decision by going to Florida, I suggest you make the same move.

Are you for real?

September 25th, 2009
5:50 pm

Yeah, I am sure that is what Nebraska and Notre Dame said in the late 90’s too……How bout just let the young man go where he feel his heart is?