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Inside the BRD: Lafayette's Jahlil Green to play football for Richmond

Jahlil Green was nearing 10 Division I football scholarship offers the day he floored Andy Linn, his coach at Lafayette High, with the maturity by which he was handling the process. Green had just finished his visit to the University of Richmond, the school to which he committed Wednesday.

“It was one of those rare meetings when you talk to a kid who really gets it,” Linn said of Green, who was recruited by the Spiders as a running back after rushing for 1,546 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. “Jahlil had already sat down and talked to the academic advisor at Richmond about how he wanted to come away from there with two degrees, in computer science and pre-engineering.

“Some kids consider the party life when they pick a school, but Jahlil only cares about two things: academics and football. So, when he picked Richmond, he told me, ‘Now all we have to do is worry about winning football games, not college.'

“How many kids are that together?”

Green called Richmond “the best fit” for him, on a list that included James Madison, William and Mary, Hampton, Marshall and Ohio University. He said it's a great school with great academics, but, yes, the Spiders' football tradition and potential mean a lot to him, too.

“I think we've got a good chance to win a national championship in the next four years,” he said. “They're kind of a multiple-offense team, and they want to get the ball in my hands and for me to be a playmaker.

“This is a big weight off of my shoulders, and I'm so glad I got this done before my senior year. Now I want to make the best of the opportunity I've got with Lafayette, and help my team as best I can.”

A huge consideration was Richmond's proximity to Williamsburg, making it easy for his mother, Loretha Green; stepmother, Rhonda Lassiter; and other family members to attend his home games.

“It's a really good deal for them to come see me on Saturdays,” Green said. “They feel comfortable with me at Richmond, that I'll be looked after there.

“I already know most of the players.”

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