San Antonio’s Aaron Green is in an unenviable position. The elite senior-to-be from Madison High School’s friend, Malcolm Brown, recently committed to the Texas Longhorns, giving head coach Mack Brown another weapon.
Meanwhile, in Lincoln, Nebraska, brother Andrew Green works to make a strong push into Nebraska’s already deep secondary. It appears that this coveted running back’s decision will come down to the Longhorns or the Cornhuskers.
Aaron has insisted that his brother has given him plenty of space in the decision-making process. When the spotlight is on a prospect as heavily recruited as Green, any relief he can find is a blessing. “Andrew never has told me anything about going to Nebraska. He knows it’s got to be my choice and that I have to feel right about where I’m going,” Green said.
While Green is looking to live in the Lone Star State following his football career, Nebraska is pulling out all of the stops to ensure that he wears their colors in 2011. Running backs coach Tim Beck and tight ends coach Ron Brown are relentlessly recruiting the treasured Green. Both have excellent reputations within the state itself.
During Nebraska’s upcoming first season in the Big Ten, the Cornhusker offense is going to face defenses that are designed to be punishing and physical. The departure of Roy
Helu Jr. will sting. His speed and agility will be missed. The addition of Green and potential return of Braylon Heard would greatly fill that void.
Aaron’s highlight reel is simply amazing as he racked up 2,024 yards and scored 27 touchdowns last season for the Mavericks. Any running back who can total over 400 yards in one game (as Green did against Tivy High School) is the type of prospect all schools strive to sign.
Now that Brown has committed to Texas, one has to wonder if his friendship is too great for Aaron to ignore. However, the potential for him to be a feature back if he joins brother Andrew and Nebraska in the Big Ten is substantial.
“It would be weird playing teams like Penn State and Michigan, but football is football,” Green said. Aaron would truly be one-of-a-kind in the Big Ten where a power back such as the Cornhuskers’ Rex Burkhead or Dontrayevous Robinson would be the more typical mold. The Big 12 in its current form, features backs with more speed whereas the Big Ten is known for a more bruising style.
California and Florida State also appear to have a shot at the highly-ranked Green as either would take him to the coast and provide him with systems where he could flourish. It would appear at this juncture, however, that with friends at Texas and family at Nebraska, those two schools seem to be heavy favorites. Green has stated that he plans to take official visits this fall, leaving the door cracked for the Golden Bears and Seminoles.