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Texas Goes Green

Jalen Green and Michael Huff (Courtesy of Green)
Jalen Green and Michael Huff (Courtesy of Green)

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AUSTIN — 2018 is loaded instate at the cornerback position and Texas just received a commitment from one of the best, if not the best, in the state.

Houston Heights cornerback Jalen Green committed to Texas today over offers from Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Clemson and many others. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound corner was highly coveted in the 2018 class.

Excerpt from the 12/29/16 Recruiting Notebook

How he fits at Texas: Green reminds me a lot of Davante Davis. He’s long, 6-foot-1, and probably with a NBA player’s wingspan, but he’s very fluid and can effortlessly track receivers in zone while keeping eyes on the quarterback. That level of coordination would play well in Todd Orlando’s match-up zone defenses which would often ask him to uses his eyes and change directions to make plays on the ball or trade off receivers. Green might be one of the key “do it all athletes” in the state of Texas for 2018 and could help Orlando erase half the field. – Ian Boyd

How this affects Texas: The good news here is that Tom Herman and staff started building a relationship with Green last year. I think he’s the state’s top cornerback for 2018 and can play immediately as a freshman. With the potential for three Texas CBs leaving early after 2017, Green is a must-get for the secondary. – Justin Wells

Further evaluation: I wasn’t in love with Green’s junior tape, mainly because much of it was of him on offense. Initially I had him as the top corner, then down to three. After a spring in which I saw him numerous times, I have him as the best player in the state. He has always reminded of Kris Boyd, a bit raw — mainly because of so much time spent on offense — but with incredible upside. Length, physicality, fluidity, and ball skills, Green is the total package to play corner in any concept. He can flip and run while playing “off” or disrupt routes and timing while pressing. Like Boyd, it’s not out of the realm that he could play safety, but that just underlines his versatility and skill set. His upside is at corner and he’ll assuredly stick there. – Eric Nahlin

IN HIS COACH’S WORDS

Inside Texas caught up with Houston Heights head coach, Stephen Dixon, to get his first hand account of Jalen Green, the player and teammate, as well as his Texas recruitment.

How has he evolved as a player?

He’s evolved so much as a player in his mentality. He’s always going to be quiet off the field [laughter]. A lot of coaches have had trouble getting in contact with him. He’s just that kind of kid. Very quiet. It rubs people the wrong way because they think he doesn’t care but really he’s just quiet unless he’s around teammates or coaches, then he gets rowdy and loud. When he’s out there playing football he goes into Deion Sanders mode.

On the field he’s become more physical. His sophomore year when he started playing cornerback he just used his athleticism. He’s such a good athlete he could just erase mistakes. Now he’s using his hands, feet, and strength better. He still has the speed but now he can push guys off the line and out-physical them.

How much time will he spend on offense and defense this season?

He’ll probably be 50/50. He’s such a dynamic athlete, you can’t just have a dynamic athlete like him at one position. He could be a 4-5 star quarterback, a 4-5 star wide receiver. He’s a star punt returner. A star kick returner. We’re so strong in the secondary this year, especially with a move-in named Marco Domio — Jalen will tell you he can play. He’s not Jalen but he can play. Because of that we’ll use him on offense both at quarterback and receiver, but mostly quarterback.

What was his recruitment like with Texas?

It’s basically the same staff that was at the University of Houston, they loved him when they were at Houston. When they got to Texas they stayed in contact with him. It took a while to extend the offer but they always had him at the top. Jason Washington has been on him since day one, there’s no doubt about that. Michael Huff helped out a bunch too, just being Michael Huff, being an All American and playing in the NFL. Can’t help but help out with a young guy trying to get where he’s been.

GREEN BECOMES THE 13th MEMBER OF THE LONGHORN CLASS OF 2018…

…Joining Al’vonte Woodard (Houston Lamar), Rondale Moore (Louisville, KY), BJ Foster (Angleton), Ayodele Adeoye (Overland, MO), DeMarvion Overshown (Arp), Keaontay Ingram (Carthage), Caden Sterns (Cibolo Steele), Cameron Dicker (Lake Travis), Reese Moore (Seminole), Cameron Rising (Newbury Park, CA), Casey Thompson (Newcastle, OK), and Byron Hobbs (FW Eastern Hills).

UT’s composite class is now up to .9289 with Green’s commitment, good for second best in the nation behind Ohio State. He becomes the fifth member of the class with a .9600 ranking or higher.