February 11, 2013

Green may look good in Baylor green

Marcus Green is fitting in nicely for the current trend in college football. Defensive coaches want tall defensive backs who are also fast and don't give ground.

The 2014 product from Cedar Hill is the latest of Division I prospects who come from the Southern Dallas County school with exceptional ability. Green (6-1, 180, 4.5) presents the description the Baylor coaches are evaluating.

Green attended Baylor's Feb. 2 junior day. While no offer was extended, he came away with a great impression.

"I really liked it there,'' he said. "I know my dad liked it because he and coach [Art] Briles have a connection when they were coaching a long time ago. But I liked how the coaches made you feel. I got a chance to see where the new stadium was built. I loved what they had to offer.''

Green made his varsity debut for the Longhorns and made it count. He helped them advance to the 2012 Class 5A Division II state championship game.

His recruitment is starting to take off as the SEC's Missouri and Ole Miss have offered and he plans on taking junior day visits to SMU on Feb. 16 and Ole Miss on March 23. It likely will take a meeting among the Baylor defensive coaches to determine if and when the Bears follow with their own offer.

"They want to evaluate all the film,'' Green said. "There's a lot of prospects for them to evaluate. I just have to be patient and see what happens.

"When I was talking with coach [Carlton] Buckels, he told me how much he liked how aggressive I was in press coverage and that I did a good job with the bump and run. He liked my hand placement. But he did say that it's hard to find really good tall corners. I hope that means something''

As Green is maturing so should his play. He is expects to start working out as a kickoff and punt return specialist. What makes a good cornerback is a short memory, especially on plays when he makes a mistake.

Still Green appears grounded through this process. Humbled by the interest, he credits his work ethic for putting himself in this position.

"I'm in no rush,'' he said. "I've talked with [Cedar Hill coach Joey] McGuire and he said the thing that I should do is take my time and take my visits before I know where I'm comfortable.''

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