South Carolina received a major addition to its 2014 recruiting class after 4-star cornerback Wesley Green committed to the football program.
Brad Senkiw of the Anderson Independent Mail shared the news of Green's announcement:
Gamecocks land CB Wesley Green. They've never closed on recruits on #NSD like this before. 4-for-4 with undecided targets today.— Brad Senkiw (@BSenkiwAIM) February 5, 2014
The Lithonia, Ga., native originally committed to South Carolina over the summer in 2013, but he decided to open up his recruitment along with teammate Arden Key in September.
According to Mike Herndon of AL.com, Green explained, "Arden and I talked about things, and we just felt like we did not take advantage of having so many options, so we wanted to open it up and give everyone a fair chance."
In the end, he decided South Carolina was the best place for him to attend college and play football over the next few years.
This is a nice boost for his new team, as Green is the No. 16 cornerback in the nation and the No. 160 overall recruit according to 247Sports' composite rankings.
While he does not have elite size at 5'11" and 170 pounds, it is more than enough to compete at his position. He should also be able to add on weight over the next few seasons once he gets into a real strength and conditioning program.
However, his best attributes are his athleticism and instincts, two things that are crucial for defensive backs. He knows how to handle both man and zone coverage, and he can make a play on the ball when it is in the air.
How do you think Green will perform at college?
Even without the top-end speed of some of his peers, Green knows how to stick with receivers and make up ground when needed.
The young player's awareness and instincts could lead to him seeing the field early in his career. The only thing that could hold him back is a lack of strength, which should continue to develop with time.
Within a few years, Green could end up being among the best players in the conference at his position and even one of the best in the country. As long as he continues working hard, the sky is truly the limit for him.
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