I spoke to the father of one of Georgia’s main remaining targets, five-star wide receiver Christian Green, as he and his son drove back to Tampa from Tallahassee where they were visiting Florida State this weekend.
A little background on that first. I usually talk to Hiram Green, Christian’s father, because early on in the recruiting process he said he preferred if reporters wouldn’t bombard his son with phone calls and messages because he’s trying to balance this difficult decision with schoolwork and, at the time, trying to help his Tampa Catholic team win a state championship. So I started then talking to Mr. Green pretty regularly and we’ve actually built a pretty good relationship.
With Christian sitting there in the car with him, Mr. Green said they had a very good time on their official visit to FSU and his son was able to get a lot of questions answered. However, Mr. Green said, anyone reporting it as a foregone conclusion that Christian is going to sign with the Seminoles is off base. As of Sunday evening, he said, it was pretty much a toss-up between Georgia and FSU .
“Georgia absolutely is a real possibility for him and we’ve told Mark [Richt] that,” Hiram Green said. “That’s why he hasn’t made a commitment just yet.”
Mr. Green said Christian would likely make his mind up Monday or Tuesday and let the teams know but won’t make his announcement until Wednesday. The family has agreed make the announcement live on ESPNU at 3:30 p.m.
“We’re going to talk about it tonight and tomorrow,” Green said late Sunday afternoon. “We’re going to sit down and discuss everything and pray on it.” There certainly are a lot of things pulling Christian Green toward FSU. His uncle, E.G. Green, played wide receiver there in the 1990s. But at the same time E.G. played there under Richt, who was offensive coordinator.
And Christian’s older brother, Brandon Green, who graduated from Tampa Catholic in 2009, has committed to sign with Florida A&M, which is also in Tallahassee. Brandon is currently at Hargrave Military in Virginia.
Hiram Green is no stranger to the recruiting process himself. As a 6-foot-8 power forward, Hiram Green was recruited himself coming out of his school and could have gone to a number of ACC or SEC schools. But thinking he could help establish the program there, he signed with the University of South Florida. Twenty-something years later he works in the schools communications department.
“At this point I think we’re all ready to have it over with,” Mr. Green said with a tired laugh.
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