July 21, 2009

Green has new top team

The Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets are in search of a couple of defensive linemen to close out their 2010 recruiting class. One of their top targets is Grayson defensive tackle Shawn Green. Green made the short drive down to Georgia Tech Tuesday for an impromptu visit that went so well he has a new top school.

The six-foot-one 280-pound Green named Georgia Tech as his top school and he is nearing a decision. Green really enjoyed his visit today and he has moved the Yellow Jackets to the top of his list.

"They are a good program and I can see myself playing for them one day," Green said. "Right now I would say after meeting with the coaches I like Georgia Tech better than Ole Miss and Florida State. Georgia Tech let me know that they want me there and the drills are the same so it would be an easy transition for me."

Green went on the visit to meet with assistant coach Giff Smith to talk about some technical aspects of playing defensive tackle, but he also put in some time with head coach Paul Johnson.

"I just wanted to go up there to talk to coach Smith and get a better idea of what they do," he said. "They showed me some of their drill work stuff. I also toured the campus and talked to coach Johnson."

With Denzel McCoy already committed at defensive tackle, the Georgia Tech coaches are looking for another defensive tackle to play along side him.

"They said they have one defensive lineman committed and they are taking one more and that they have two other guys they have already offered," he said. "They showed a lot of love for me."

Green hinted that a decision could be coming soon after he talks things over at home.

"I am going to talk to my mom about the visit today and go from there," he said. "My family has been up there before. I don’t have any other visits lined up now."

Accompanying Green on his visit was Grayson defensive line coach Lenny Gregory. Green says Gregory really likes Coach Smith's system and style of coaching.

"My defensive line coach likes Georgia Tech and he thinks they have a nice program up there," he said. "A lot of stuff we are doing at my school, Coach Smith is doing at Georgia Tech."

As a defensive tackle, Green thinks he has two strengths that give him an edge over other defensive tackles in the state.

"I think my shiftiness with my ability to change direction quickly and my explosiveness are my best assets," Green said.

Green says a high school opponent turned the Georgia Tech coaches onto him.

"Coach Johnson told me a story about being down in Lowndes recruiting somebody and the Lowndes coaches asked him if they were recruiting me," he said. "The coach there told them that I single-handedly beat Lowndes by destroying their whole backfield."

The Grayson team is hoping to improve upon a stellar 2008 season behind Green solid defensive play.

"Everyone on my team is focused on trying to win a state championship now," he said. "We were so close. We were right there."

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