A dynamic two-way player, whose game can draw some comparisons to that of former UF star receiver Jacquez Green – who just happens to be his uncle – Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County athlete J.J, Green has been able to get the job done so far this year for the defending state champion Wildcats, who are now 3-0 on the young season. Green, who rushed for 104 yards and a pair of touchdowns on three carries Friday night, was able to take in the Florida-Tennessee game in the “Swamp” on Saturday, and didn't seem all that surprised by what transpired in the SEC opener for both programs.
'13 ATH prospect J.J. Green visited UF for the Tennessee game over the weekend.
“I expected Florida to win, and they did. It was a great game – the Gators played well,” he said. “Once the people got in there, the home-field advantage kicked in. It was loud. UT couldn't do anything.”
Green spoke with both of his recruiters – running backs coach Brian White (the primary recruiter for south Georgia) and Travaris Robinson (secondary coach) following the game. Green noted that the conversation was mostly focused on the game from the perspective of the man they call “T-Rob.”
“He told me they missed too many interceptions on the field, and that they will have to keep working on those,” Green noted.
But with a young secondary on the field, sometimes those guys will not come up with those plays (and UF saw nearly a half-dozen interception opportunities slip through their hands on Saturday). Still, Green said he did take note of the fact that Will Muschamp, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and Robinson did not hesitate to put their best players on the field, regardless of how long they had been in the program.
“It doesn't matter what class you're in, if you're good – you're good. You're going to play,” he added in regards to the Gators.
The Gators are recruiting Green as a cornerback and kick returner, while other schools are looking at the 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect as a potential running back or slot receiver. He has yet to pick up an offer, although a number of SEC powers continue to keep a close eye on the all-purpose threat. Although he refused to name a leader, Green did admit that the Gators are a team he's keeping a close eye on early.
“I like UF a lot, but I'll keep visiting other schools and see what they have to offer,” Green reports.
Green plans to head to Georgia Tech on Saturday for the Yellow Jackets' home game against UNC before returning to the Swamp in two weeks to watch the Gators host #3-ranked Alabama. Along with Georgia Tech and Florida, the schools showing Green the most early interest are Vanderbilt, Florida State, South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama.
Presently, it appears Florida's top competition is shaping up to be FSU, a school that Green was able to check out during the summer.
“The Seminoles are great. I visited Tallahassee for a camp,” he said. “The stadium is really big.”
It also helps Florida State that a player for whom Green is regularly compared to – Seminoles' junior Greg Reid – also happens to play his college ball in at FSU. Although Green feels honored by the comparisons to the dynamic defensive back, he's not merely content to end up the “next” in line, from his vantage point.
“I think it's great to be compared to [Reid], but I'm going to keep working to become even better than him,” Green added, in a matter-of-fact sort of tone.
Green also gets advice from Uncle Jacquez – who was also a prep star in South Georgia back in the early 90's – in regards to handling the “process.” The Class of 2013 star is taking a patient approach to the recruiting game so far.
“He's shown me his highlights from college before,” Green said with a laugh in regards to his uncle. “Mostly, he just gives me advice on recruiting. He tells me to take the process slow, and to let everything come to me.”
And who knows – maybe that college decision will involve a similar track to that of teammate Brice Ramsey – who just happens to be one of the top quarterback prospects in the Class of 2013. Ramsey is committed to Georgia, but the two attended the Florida-Tennessee game together and will be back to watch the Gators take on Alabama in two weeks as well. Who knows – perhaps the future for both prospects ultimately lies in Gainesville, instead of Athens?
“He's told me that before. He says that he's a great QB and I need to go with him to college,” Green reports.
It's a possibility he seems to be seriously considering – but don't expect him to make a decision anytime soon.
In three games, Green has accounted for 212 yards and three touchdowns rushing (on just 16 carries), while accounting for two passes defended as a cornerback for top-ranked Camden County in 2011.