Though San Antonio Madison HS still has quite a bit of football left in this football season, the recruiting season for senior CB/RB Gary Green II is coming into greater focus. And Stanford is hanging by a thread as he sorts out his official visit schedule.
Green has a solid top three schools right now, and proclaims that he will take official trips to see all three. The 5'9" dynamo will first hit Wisconsin on December 12 and then Oklahoma State on January 16. He is sure that he will visit Pittsburgh, though no date has yet been set.
That leaves just two visits for the prized two-way recruit, and the Cardinal are part of congested group in contention.
"My six offer schools all have shots at visits," the speedy San Antonio athlete states. "Except for BYU. That's just a place where I can't see myself."
To refresh your memory, the six programs to have extended Green an offer are Pitt, Wisconsin, Kansas, Iowa, Stanford and BYU. Conspicuous by there absence are the Cowboys of Oklahoma State, whom Green hails as his leader despite their non-offer status.
"They're just a school I really like and I can see myself in their system," he explains. "They are right up there with Pitt. If I had to make a choice right now I would have to go with Pitt because Oklahoma State hasn't offered. I'd have to go somewhere that shows they want me. But I think [OSU] will offer."
One other school still high on this recruit's mind is Notre Dame, though they too have yet to offer. "Stanford, Notre Dame and Kansas are probably the schools I'm thinking about for those two visits. I would say Iowa because they have offered, but I haven't talked with the coach since they made the offer. They seem to have lost some interest."
The biggest barrier today between a Stanford visit and ultimate commitment continues to be his standardized board scores. Green took the SAT last spring and scored a 940, which admittedly is below his abilities. He does not particularly care for that test and would like to take the ACT toward his Stanford admissions application. But with an indefinite slate of Saturday games in this late part of the season for Madison HS, it is unclear if or when he will be able to sit down and take the ACT.
"In order for me to keep my options open, I need to take that test," Green professes. Time will tell if he can work out the schedule, and then if he can attain a score that will keep him in play with the Cardinal.
Meanwhile, the diminutive speedster is gripping headlines throughout Texas from his game last week against Judson. He carried the ball 24 times on offense for a mind-numbing 349 yards and six touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 91 yards and another score. Those seven TDs tied the San Antonio city record.
"The offensive line just played lights out," he humbly explains. "Once I got into the secondary, it was just me versus the safety and that's where I excel."
Green also played defense in the latter stages of the game, and delivered a highlight on that side of the ball. Judson threw the ball at him just once, and he made a one-handed deflection of the pass. He almost hauled the ball in for an interception, but the receiver pinned back his other arm.
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