Who weighs 275 pounds, stand 6’5″ tall, and makes Oregon fans blush? That would be 5-Star defensive tackle and Oregon recruit from Gardena, California, Rasheem Green. This hulking defender from Junipero Serra High School has made waves around the country, cannonballing the recruiting pool with a 247 Sports Composite ranking of 15th nationally, 3rd in his position group (DT), and the 5th highest prospect from California, according to 247Sports.com.
Green has received an offer from defensive coordinator Don Pellum and defensive line coach Ron Aiken, and would be a feather in the cap for the Ducks’ 2015 recruiting class. Green has visited Eugene twice this year and has Oregon listed in his Top 4 as of December 16th, according to his Twitter page (below).
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— Rasheem Green (@ras_green) December 17, 2014
Should Green choose the Ducks in 2015, the SoCal behemoth would be an excellent addition to an already stout and experienced Oregon defensive line, surrounding himself with the likes of talented senior defensive linemen DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead, Tui Talia and Alex Balducci. Green meets all the requisites of an ideal Oregon defensive frontman: tall, big, and fast, adding a hot 4.80 second 40-yard dash to his already intimidating build.
But just as the great Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu recently suffered a season ending knee injury, so too has Green. The U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection went down with a torn meniscus in Junipero Serra’s regular season finale against Loyola High School in early November.
“I can walk around on crutches. It messed up my plans. I was going to take the rest of my visits, but (the injury) kind of killed it. I might take visits in January or next month when I can walk,” Green told Andrew Nemec of The Oregonian.
The injury will keep Green out of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl game in January and halts the remainder of his scheduled visits to schools offering scholarships, an unexpected boon for Oregon who has already made Green’s unofficial list of final favorites.
“That [Oregon visit] was the best one I’ve been on so far. I like the coaching staff up there — just the way they do things up at Oregon. The best I’ve seen — the facilities and what they have to offer,” Green told The Oregonian.
While Junipero Serra High School has recently provided USC with stars such as Marqise Lee and Robert Woods, the Ducks have successfully lured top-notch kids from all position groups, and an addition of Green’s caliber would serve as another strong testament of a well-rounded Oregon football program.
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Jordan is a lifelong Duck fan currently living in San Diego. Jordan graduated from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, after serving a prestigious fellowship with the Washington State House of Representatives. Upon graduation, he worked as an English language teaching assistant for the Spanish Ministry of Education’s Ambassadorial Program in Monforte de Lemos, Spain. Jordan has worked as a journalist, writer, and editor in Oregon, Washington, Montana, and California, covering a wide range of topics, including sports, local politics, and crime. He is VERY excited to be writing about his beloved Oregon Ducks.
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