Green rockets to fast start; tape in the mail

Nick Green

ONE OF THE most intriguing Northwest recruiting stories of the year could be authored by Central Catholic quarterback Nick Green. With verbal commitments trending earlier and earlier, the QB position in particular, many schools filled their field general needs long before the May Evaluation period even began. But talent and work ethic remain uncommitted, and in places like Portland.

Whether the college destination for Nick Green (6-2, 205, 4.6) ultimately resides in the Beaver State remains to be seen -- the trend line is currently pointing across state borders.

"Oregon State, I haven't been getting as much from them as I had," said Green.

And it's certainly worth noting the Beavs already have a quarterback verbal commitment in Ryan Katz.

Still, OSU was one of the schools Green sent his tape out to this past Tuesday.

Green he plans to go on unofficial visits to both Oregon State and Oregon later this season. An unofficial to Seattle to watch the UW-USC game this weekend is a possibility, as is an unofficial to Boise.

THE MAILING LIST for Green's tape in addition to the Beavs included Idaho, Oregon, Air Force, Arizona State, Stanford, Cal, Washington, Boise State, Utah, Purdue, BYU and Princeton.

It should be one heck of a tape.

Coming off a shellacking against powerhouse Jesuit, Green lit it up against No. 4 ranked Canby. He passed for 124 yards and a touchdown in the first half, ran for two touchdowns and hightailed it 69 yards on an option keeper to set up another one in an upset bid that fell just short. That performance, however, did not surpassed the thrill ride that was Week One.

In a season opener against Evergreen (WA) that they'll be talking about for a long time, Green, with no time left on the clock, let fly a 59-yarder that was deflected -- by design -- by Demetrius Guice into the waiting arms of Jordan Freelander. Long bomb. House. W. Green was 34-of-58 for 364 yards with 4 TDs and ran in another in the 43-40 victory.

The tape went out before this past Friday's game, where Green went 24-of-34 for 299 yards and 4 TDs in a 28-22 win over Dave Douglas High.

"If his on-the-field performance is anywhere close to his off-the-field work ethic, preparation and overall (high character), he's going to be among the best I've ever seen in the state of Oregon," said Central Catholic head man Steve Pyne before the season.

Pyne may turn out to be a prophet.

SINCE SEPT. 1, Green has been receiving weekly calls from Idaho, Washington, Purdue, Air Force, Portland State, Boise State and Montana. The UW and Portland State are among those who have been at Green's games this season. Of that group, Idaho, Purdue, Washington and Air Force, in no particular order, have been showing him the most recruiting love.

Gren was in Moscow this past weekend and after the game, sat down for a 45-minute talk with UI coach Jonathan Smith.

"He talked to me mostly about the school, why Idaho would be a good place to choose and the possibility of an official visit," said Green. "We also talked about the possibility of him coming to the house later (for an in-home visit), probably in December."

GREEN'S UNOFFICIAL VISIT to Idaho on Saturday saw him hit the road about 5 a.m., returning about 3 a.m. on Sunday morning. Early starts, however, are nothing new for Green, who regularly gets up around 5 a.m. during the week so that he has time to drive into school and get in his morning workout before his school day begins.

Scout.com rates Green as the No. 2 QB in the Northwest. "He has the physical intangibles and can make all the throws. This fall will give Green ample opportunity to solidify his place among the top signal-callers on the West Coast," says Chris Fetters.

GREEN WAS A two year starter at Ridgefield, a smaller school in the state of Washington. After transferring to Central Catholic, he was poised to become the starter last year but just before the season began, a torn ACL wiped away his entire junior year.

With no junior tape to send out, schools have been waiting to see his early senior season video -- there is only so much to be gleaned from offseason, pad-less workouts.

A DECORATED ATHLETE, Green has excelled as a wrestler and pole vaulter in addition to his work on the gridiron.

Green is also an exceptional student, with a 3.8 GPA.

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