Edgewater High Star to Camp at Rutgers

Deion Green

One of the under-the-radar recruits in central Florida is a defensive end from Edgewater High of Orlando. He holds six offers, but his recruitment has been kept quiet. Rutgers offered him in March, and continues to do a superb job recruiting him. So much so he plans on camping at Rutgers in late June. The player gives his insights into why he likes Rutgers so much, and where Notre Dame fits in.

When it came time to send Edgewater High (Orlando, Fla.) defensive end Deion Green an offer, Rutgers didn't mess around. He appreciated it, and it is one of the many reasons the 6-foot-3, 210-pounder is high on Rutgers.

When the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Green begins his summer tour schedule next month, he said he may go to Mississippi and Northwestern, and a few others could get added.

But when it comes to the schools he knows he will visit, there are only two – Rutgers and Notre Dame. In fact, Green said he plans on camping at Rutgers.

"I am going to Rutgers,'' said Green, who was offered by the Scarlet Knights in March. "I am going to try and take a trip to Notre Dame. I haven't really set all the places up, but the two places I know I'm going to go are Rutgers and Notre Dame. I am going to be at the Rutgers camp on June 27.''

Green recently received offers from South Florida and Colorado State, pushing his total to six. He added Purdue said it was close to offering, and Miami, Notre Dame, Tennessee Mississippi were each recruiting him.

However, Green said Florida International and Rutgers are recruiting him the most fervently. He speaks with a coach from each of the schools at least every other day, he added.

"I think it's those guys staying in constant contact and trying to build a relationship with me, and my family, and just trying to get acquainted with the coaches,'' Green said. "It's not always just the football, but trying to build a relationship. It's a way to get comfortable with them, and so they could learn more about me.''

Rutgers assistant coach Ed Pinkham, who did a marvelous job finishing the 2010 class off strong with a surge of Florida commits, is recruiting Green.

And Green appreciates Pinkham's style and approach to it.

"He's pretty cut and dry,'' Green said. "He'll tell you if he's interested in you. That's why they sent me the offer up front. He said, ‘We like you on tape. We've seen you on tape, we're getting good vibes from you on the film, we called your coach and he thinks pretty highly of you and we're going to send you an offer.'

"That's what I like. A lot of these (coaches), they come to school to see you, or they say, ‘Do this,' or ‘Come up here and take a visit first.' You should be able to tell if he's a good player from looking at a full game film. That will show (a player') mistakes, as well as how he bounces back from mistakes. You'll see what kind of football player he is from watching the full game.''

Most of the schools recruiting Green want him in either a hybrid role as a defensive end/rush linebacker, or an outside linebacker, because of concern about his weight.

Therefore, when college evaluators visited Edgewater High in the spring, Green worked out with the linebackers.

"I was working out with the linebackers so the coaches would be able to come out and see me run with the linebackers, and see my footwork and see me move,'' Green said. "I think I did pretty good with the linebacker position. Most of them want me in the hybrid position, rushing in off the edge. Some of them want me playing outside linebacker.''

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