December 23, 2007

Green closes in on decision

One of the fastest defensive front-seven targets for the Alabama coaching staff is Spain Park's William Green, whose pass-rushing skills led his high school squad to a berth in the Class 6A state championship game where they eventually fell to two-time champs Prattville. Green, 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, has stayed relatively quiet about his recruiting situation due to his extended senior season, but with the holidays upon him and time running out, the Rivals100 member is starting to make plans.

"I have an official set for Auburn on January 11 and for sure I am taking visits to Clemson and Florida. I just haven't scheduled them yet," said Green. "I probably won't take all five visits. I am not sure if I will take on to Alabama or not. I will just have to think about it over the holidays."

Alabama's recruitment of Green has been a source of speculation for Tide recruiting fans in recent weeks. With space filling up for Alabama and over a dozen realistic targets still on the board, where does the Tide stand with Green right now?

"To be honest, I am not sure," said Green. "I haven't heard from them nearly as much and I don't know how much of a priority I am for them. I have heard people talk like I am not in their plans anymore. I don't know what to think about that."

Florida maintains a slight lead for Green's services as of right now, but his close relationship with Auburn commitment Barrett Trotter may help the Tigers snag the speedy defender late.

"It was real cool participating in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star game and hanging out with guys I have played against or gotten to know real well through the recruiting process," said Green. "Guys like Barrett, Jerrell Harris and Antoine McClain are all other recruits that I have become friends with and it was good to spend time with those guys. Even though we lost, it was a fun week. I was really impressed with Jomarcus Savage. He was a guy I haven't seen much of before, but he did a lot of good things last week."

Green made another difficult decision recently when he decided not to play basketball for Spain Park - a year after leading his team into the Class 6A Final Four.

"It was a difficult decision for me not to play, but I wanted to concentrate on my football recruiting decision and working hard to get ready for football next fall," said Green. "I will miss playing, but it was for the best."

Green finished his senior year with 114 tackles and four sacks.

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