Christian Green’s father: ‘It’s serious’ with Georgia

OK, so now I’ve talked to Christian Green’s father, Hiram Green. He accompanied his five-star recruit son to Athens this past weekend for his official visit at Georgia.

I refuse to give up my pursuit of Christian, however. I’ve been trying to reach the 6-foot-2, 195-pound wide receiver prospect from Tampa since Sunday. Dad says he’s going to help me out with that. Says his son’s phone troubles are the reason for my struggles.

Christian Green is a quarterback at Tampa Catholic High but he's a 5-star prospect as a wide receiver.

Christian Green is a quarterback at Tampa Catholic High but he's a 5-star prospect as a wide receiver. (Photo by BallHype.com).

“He’s having some problems with his phone,” Hiram Green says. “It keeps going in and out on him. At least he told ME his phone’s not working [laughs]. He wants me to get him a new one.”

Word is Christian is a very smart young man. Hmmm. Avoid calls and get a new phone out of the deal. Brilliant!

Anyway, for what it’s worth, I talked to Mr. Green about his impressions of their trip to Athens last weekend and Christian’s recruitment going forward.

“My impression was the entire trip was good,” said Hiram Green, who played basketball at South Florida University and works there as an public affairs administrator in the College of Medicine. “Of course, as a parent I look at it from a totally different perspective. You want the school they go to  help them go to the next level, not just as an athlete but as a person. I look at Georgia with absolutely no reservations in that regard with what Coach [Mark] Richt has put together there. I’d have no qualms whatsoever if Christian decided to go there.”

Mr. Green said his son is also considering Florida State, Florida and South Florida and admits those first two are a getting a little more consideration than the last one. His wife, Christian’s mother, actually attended FSU, as did Christian’s cousin, E.G. Green, who was a star wide receiver under then-offensive-coordinator Mark Richt. But Hiram says none of them are pushing their alma maters on Christian.

“At the end of the day it’s going to be his decision,” Hiram Green said. “I’m happy that South Florida is one of his choices but I don’t want him to go there just because it’s my school and I don’t him to go to FSU because my wife went there. It has to be where his heart is.”

I asked Mr. Green if South Florida’s stunning upset over Florida State would impact his son’s decision at all. “No,” he said, “but it has been a lot of fun for me. I keep calling my wife and asking her what the score was. She says she’s not going to answer my calls anymore. . . . But it’s been incredible here on campus. Unbelievable. As an alumnus I’m excited.”

Hiram Green said he thinks Georgia has as good a shot as any of Christian’s final choices.

“No question it’s serious,” Mr. Green said. “We’d been to Georgia twice before. And all those connections he has [to Georgia] make a difference in his mind and in my mind. I just think Coach Richt has done an outstanding job with that program. He’s builds football players and he builds young men. E.G. talks a lot about [Richt] as a person and a coach and what a tremendous influence he’s been in his life. And he and Christian are very close.

“But Christian’s taking nothing for granted. That’s why he narrowed it down to these few schools, so he could really take everything under consideration.”

As for a timeline for Christian’s decision, Mr. Green wasn’t sure.

“It could be a situation where he wants to go back and visit the other schools or it could be a situation where he just decides to make up his mind right then and there,” he said. “I won’t be surprised if he just stands up today and says, ‘this is it.’”

46 comments Add your comment

BigDawg

September 30th, 2009
11:56 am

Come follow in the footsteps of Hines Ward, Reggie Brown, MoMass, A.J. and others on your path to greatness! Welcome to UGA!!

Flo-Ri-Duh!

September 30th, 2009
12:00 pm

There is no better place for Christian Green than UGA. With Murray the likely starter next year and most of the o-line coming back UGA will be very good on offense and with their kickers returning they will be among the nation’s leaders on special teams. The defense needs to pick it up and the offense needs to cut out the turnovers and penalties to be a top 5 team in 2010.

Kid325i

September 30th, 2009
12:14 pm

Get yoself paid son…..Grab dat highes cheeze offer play…..Holla at y aboy…Kid……..

Pitbull

September 30th, 2009
12:17 pm

All you can write about are Georgia football and recruiting even though you were taken off the beat.

Talk about a sad little one trick pony of a sports writer.

If you were prohibited from writing about Georgia, you would go unemployed and be living under a bridge.

Deputy Dawg

September 30th, 2009
12:23 pm

Christian is not going to be able to play college football!

I just spoke with George P. Burdell. Geo P. tells me, that because Aaron Murray called Christian on his cell phone 3 years ago, the NCAA will impose the death penalty on the Dawgs, and Christian will not be eligible to play Division I ball.

And oh by the way, Geo P. wanted me to let everyone know that he is in better shape than any 76 year old who ever attended Tech.

YoungDawg

September 30th, 2009
12:45 pm

Sounds like to me this kid will be a Dawg!

PitBull, UGA football is the sports team with the largest following in the local area that the AJC covers. No matter whom the recruiting beat writer is there’s going to be more coverage of UGA. I’d love for Chip to be back on the UGA beat but he’s doing a great job on recruiting as well. To be honest as a Dawg fan I’d like to see more UGA recruiting coverage from the AJC!

Deputy Dawg LOL that’s funny! If that were the case then go ahead & strip FL of the NC’s with Tebow! There have been all kinds if reports about Meyer having him make calls to kids all the time. The Muarry calling Green stuff is a hot topic in the Tampa area now & might be an issue for Plant HS. It all depends of if he was actually recruiting or just talking to a buddy & ribbing him about playing together. If the NCAA doesn’t care about committed kids recruiting non-commented kids then they won’t care about this either!

GATOR CHOMP

September 30th, 2009
1:06 pm

SILENT VERBAL GATOR LOCK “BOOK IT”

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 30th, 2009
1:24 pm

UGA is a good fit, Christian can play as a true freshman while learning from AJ and then step into his spot when AJ is taken as the first receiver in the NFL draft. What’s not to like ???

Glenn

September 30th, 2009
1:30 pm

I find it humorous that once an article comes out about a prospect everyone seems to think that player’s a lock for their respective school. Here’s hoping the young man does well, no matter where he ends up.

CHARLOTTE DAWG

September 30th, 2009
1:34 pm

5 stars..2 stars…in the end, it doesn’t seem to matter. How many 4 and 5 star athletes have attended Georgia and not done anything?

Start recruiting smart players. I think 90% of our team is border line retarded.

SEC1

September 30th, 2009
1:39 pm

Book it…book it…book what?

Dawg 1

September 30th, 2009
2:14 pm

Impressive Dad, impressive kid. Wherever he goes, the school that gets him should feel fortunante.

Best of luck to the young man!

Paddy

September 30th, 2009
2:38 pm

gator chomp… you have been saying “book it” for a long time. Why is it that they never turn out the way you say? Hmmmm.

Exley DAWG

September 30th, 2009
2:45 pm

Solid recruit from a solid family. This kid sounds like he is blessed in many ways. Lets hope he picks UGA

dawgster

September 30th, 2009
2:52 pm

Gatorchomp, do you or can you add anything positive or negative to the discussion, you seem to be in love with the term “Book it”, again another gator that says they have a lock on everyone that mentions Florida as one of their choices, maybe we should honor what the father and kid say and let him make a decision when its right for them and for what they think will be the best situation for the family…best wishes to the Green family

UGA ALL THE WAY

September 30th, 2009
2:56 pm

I hope we can have the privelage of havin a player like Green. He would learn and do SOOO much, there is no telling how good he will become as a DAWG!!!! Good Luck to you either way man…

Vick=Dog killing thug

September 30th, 2009
2:58 pm

Who cares that gator chomp says book it or what saint simon says… The more you mention these goof balls the more they post…

Dang.. I just mentioned them….

George P Burdell

September 30th, 2009
3:04 pm

He will stay away from UGa now due to the”stink” that was created in the recruiring scandal.I’d explain it to you, but your brain would explode.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 30th, 2009
3:06 pm

pitbull, if you don’t like reading Chip’s articles, then don’t read them. Your constant whining is annoying. It seems to me that you need a hobby other than being a professional douche bag. Now on to important things, hope the young man chooses with his heart and mind. It’s a big decision whether or not your playing a sport…….would like to see him in red and black but wherever he goes looks like he’ll be successful.

Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

September 30th, 2009
3:09 pm

gatorchomp, “silent verbal”? does that mean he lip-synced his allegiance to the fighting tebows?

Kid325i

September 30th, 2009
3:21 pm

lol..smiley face…lol….smiley face….keep it real..yo…Holla..Kid

RxDawg

September 30th, 2009
3:22 pm

LOL Charlotte Dawg, I unfortunately agree completely. We are playing dumb football right now. Go after some smart players! If Green is smart, sign him up!

Louis Varnson

September 30th, 2009
3:48 pm

Thanks for the update, Chip.

Carl Spackler

September 30th, 2009
4:43 pm

Mr. Green is a very nice man who always has a hello and big smile for everyone he sees…he attends everything his son(s) played…Mr. G is about 6′ 7″ and looks like the athlete he was…Christian also plays a good game of roundball, however he and a bunch of other football players didn’t play last year, something about wanting to take some time off prior to starting up w/ basketball after a long f-ball season…he is very quick on the basketball court…I just wished he could have played w/r all 4 years at TC…man if he goes to UGA, then that means somewhere in Tampa Murray will be shucking passes to Orson and Christian somewhere down here…hummmm, maybe I’ll find out where and sell tkts lol

LSU is next(for Florida)

September 30th, 2009
4:48 pm

Stay in your home state son and go to Florida. We have the #1 recruiting class as of right now . We have 7 of the top 50 ESPN ranked recruits to Georgia’s 2 as of today. Ironic because this decade Florida is 7-2 against Georgia. Georgia does pick up some ground in the next 100 but they are being sweethearts and sending us #16 ranked Martin Luther King High school’s star Mack Brown. Thanks.

Carty Seay

September 30th, 2009
4:49 pm

Hey Chrisitan, remember Dawg fans preseason mantras: Great QB stepping in, young talented OL & DL, great facilities, sound familiar? Reality, beat down in Stillwater(OSU), defense gives up almost “40″ points to the Cocks and “41″ to Arkansas. Dawgs barely squeak out a win of 20 to 17 over an unranked ASU who’s two wins include Idaho State & Louisiana-Monroe. Dude, you want to hold the crystal or knock it over? Go Gators!

TampaGator

September 30th, 2009
5:02 pm

GATOR CHAMP…I don’t think the Gators have any shot at this kid. I don’t believe he has even visted the Gainesville campus. I thought FSU was a lock for him, and the Noles still might be. But it does look like Georgia is a 2nd and might become the 1 before too much longer. I can’t see him being a Gator, however. I would be shocked if that happened.

TampaGator

September 30th, 2009
5:07 pm

Also GATOR CHAMP…what the Gators need is high school, experienced WRs. He is a WR project when he arrives on campus (whereever that might be)and the Gators don’t need WR projects right now. They need kids who can come in a play right away at WR or at aleast make a contribution at WR right away. Green is not that.

TampaGator

September 30th, 2009
5:07 pm

That was GATOR CHOMP…not CHAMP. Sorry.

ReptilesRule

September 30th, 2009
5:21 pm

No TampaGator, you were right the second time, it’s always Champ when you are refering to a Gator. And don’t be too quick to dismiss the Gators…only 2 hours away and in need of WR’s which he is projected to play. Plus with Percy Harvin, Andre Caldwell, and Louis Murphy all shining in the league…he would be foolish not to take a good hard look at the Champs.

What I Know

September 30th, 2009
5:24 pm

Pit Bull, UGA puts more fans in the stands for the Spring game than GT can put in the stands for most any game. That is why UGA gets some coverage that happens to be a little more than other state schools. If it were balanced, GT would be mentionsd at least 50-60 percent less!

Josh

September 30th, 2009
5:41 pm

Pitbull, I’d suggest it would be a van down by the river.

Paddy

September 30th, 2009
5:53 pm

Pit bull, try and be a little more hateful and mean spirited next time. Did your mommy not give you a smoores in your lunch bucket today. What a maroon!!

Josh

September 30th, 2009
6:01 pm

Paddy, what’s a maroon?

Old Dawg

September 30th, 2009
6:08 pm

Pit Bull, recruiting is Chip’s beat so that’s what he writes about. Beat writers get assignments from their editors, so they have to write what they’re told to write, even if the writer is experienced. He’s written about Tech and other schools.

It’s a pretty simple formula, but obviously you don’t understand the basics of newspaper management.

Red Dog 77

September 30th, 2009
9:13 pm

University of Wiscooooooooonsin……. Bagders Baby Wright it down, Silent commit, Book it! Will look great with that big W on his helmet. OK seriosly, Dude should go to Georgia coach Ritch will throw the young man out there immediatly if he shows he can block. Word is dude can block , catch, run after the catch.Come to UGA young man the Big Dog is fixen to eat.and you will look good in that RED and BLACK not to mention that NFL paycheck when your Dog days are over!

g8trb8

September 30th, 2009
9:44 pm

all wr’s in this class should take a good look at florida because brantley has two years of eligibility and meyer will throw a talented freshman on the field if he knows they will contribute

kyle

September 30th, 2009
10:18 pm

Enter your comments here just think christian whats waiting at fsu for you its just family there,feels like home,oh jimbo fisher,and dawsey,and your future qbs ej emanuel can get alot done there with him under center and many young play makers to boot.oh, the talented and young o line with trickett there and son.gottttttttaaaaa beee a nole come on down.please

Red Dog 77

September 30th, 2009
11:37 pm

What is a gottttttttaaaaa beee?

saint simons

September 30th, 2009
11:51 pm

39 to 24!!!! HaHaHaHaHaHaHaHa!!!!!!

BigMike Said...

October 1st, 2009
12:50 am

Down goes Tebow, Down goes Tebow, and Gator nation stops breathing !!!

ReptilesRule

October 1st, 2009
6:53 am

Back comes Tebow, Back comes Tebow, and Dawg nation takes a beating!!!

Paddy

October 1st, 2009
7:41 am

Josh… a maroon is another and kinder way of saying someone is not real intelligent.. The line was from a Bugs Bunny cartoon many years ago. Usually refered to Porky Pig after Bugs had out smarted him in some adventure. It has been awhile, hope I got all my faacts straight.

getthepicturenow

October 1st, 2009
8:16 am

nice of reptilesrule to forget about the other “shining stars” they’ve put in the league, taylor jacobs, ike (please don’t hit me Mr. Sharper) hilliard, queezzy green etc. how did those guys turn out?

King Gator

October 1st, 2009
8:20 am

Good luck to Mr Green wherever he lands. Regardless, the Gators will keep winning SEC Championships, National Championships; USF will continue to grow and beat the FSU’s on thier schedule (great game!); FSU is done until the turnover the entire coaching staff; and UGA will continue to be pretty good, just not great very often. They had Stafford and Moreno last year were as average as grits. Go Gators! Tebow has risen! Dawgs, do us a favor and soften LSU up for us.

jpaul

December 20th, 2009
12:45 am

I grew up in S FL with CMR and actually went to school at UGA before we hired him. UGA is a great student and family place. We welcome all the young people to our city to grow in every way.