May 26, 2010

Rising sophomore already making waves

JEFFERSON - It's no wonder that college recruiters are casting an early eye towards Eagles Landing Christian Academy running back Keyante Green.

Just take a look at stats from last year - 1,433 yards rushing, 10.45 yards per carry, five catches for 151 yards, 22 touchdowns.

Not bad for a freshman.

At 5-foot-9 and 190 pounds, Green burst on the scene for ECLA, helping lead his team into the second round of the Class A state playoffs before losing to perennial power Lincoln County in the second round, 47-39.

"It was a good year, but we wanted to go even further," Green said. "This year, that's what we're going to try to do."

Some big-time college programs are already taking notice.

Although Green can't receive a written offer until September of his junior year, that hasn't kept schools like Michigan and Virginia Tech from making verbal pitches to the rising sophomore.

They won't be the last.

Georgia, Florida State, Clemson and Tennessee have also taken an early gander at the burgeoning young star, who talked about all the attention following his team's turn in the finals of 400-meter relay.

"I'm just staying humble through it all," Green said. "My parents have always told me to just keep working hard and don't take anything for granted. As long as I do that, I believe even more offers will come."

Although it's extremely early in the process, this member of the 2013 Signing Class already has a favorite school.

"My favorite school is Tennessee," Green said. "I'm determined to go to Tennessee."

Time will tell.

By the time Green's career is finished, he'll likely have more than his fair share of choices.

"I just feel that the Lord has blessed me," Green said. "But I've still got three years. I just need to stay humble and keep working hard."

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