Didn't see much of Christian Green during Saturday's Gridiron Kings completion at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
But plan on the Tampa Catholic star making up for lost time.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder's stock is on the rise. Though rated No. 24 on the Rivals 100, in the debut edition of Friday Night Football -- a slick new magazine hits newsstand Wednesday and needs to be checked out -- has Green rated the No. 3 overall prospect in Florida, trailing only Hialeah defensive end Corey Lemonier and Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer safety Matt Elam (UF commit).
Green is the cousin of former Florida State star E.G. Green. His mother went to FSU. Talk in recruiting circles is that the kid who helped guide the Crusaders to the Class 3A state semifinals is a done deal for the Seminoles.
Hiram Green, Christian's father, was an all-state wide receiver at Bartow 30 years ago and signed a full-ride to play basketball at South Florida, where he currently works for the USF medical school. The recruiting of his son is far, far from over, with Florida and South Florida (and maybe even Georgia) still very much in the game.
"I've tried to advise him and tried to give him some of my experiences, but now, oh boy, with the Internet, everything is so different and happens so fast," Hiram Green said while watching his son at Disney this past weekend. "The important thing is to look at where you're going to go as if you're not going to play football. Would you be happy at that place if football were not part of the equation?"
Green, who projects as a wide receiver at the college level for most schools (with USF wanting him as a quarterback), completed 65 percent of his passes in 2008 for 1,275 yards, 14 touchdowns and six interceptions, while rushing for 656 yards and six scores. In '07, he passed for 23 TDs. In '06, he caught 10 TDs as a wideout.
"I'm just trying to take in the whole process," said the younger Green, who did not catch a pass in the 7-on-7 tournament (and wasn't a target of his Southeast QB very often, either). "What's happening right now doesn't really matter. I'm just going to keep working hard and try to take that to the next level."
He has offers from USF, Florida, Florida State and Miami in state, and among the bigger out-of-state schools are USC, Michigan, Ohio State, Tennessee, Georgia and Auburn.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun