4-Star Talks SEC Visits

Mississippi Scout
Posted Apr 24, 2013

Gerri Green out of Greenville, Miss., took in two SEC spring games over the last two weeks. How did his visits go?

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"Great," Green said about his trips to Ole Miss and MSU. "It gave me a chance to see how they do things on game day. I enjoyed myself and learned a lot about both schools."

The 6' 4", 220-pounder visited Ole Miss for the first time recently.

"None of my family had ever been to Ole Miss before. I brought my mom and younger brother with me. I really didn't know what to expect. I had Ole Miss in my head, but I wanted a picture of what they were all about. I was impressed."

What stood out the most about the Rebels during the trip?

"First, the coaches and facilities were top notch. I also get along with their players. I like how they interacted with one another and how the coaches interacted with the players on the field. They have a family atmosphere at Ole Miss; that's what stands out the most to me."

How did the scrimmage go?

"I was really impressed with their defense. Everyone was swarming around to the ball. I watched film from their whole 2012 season with coach (Dave) Wommack, coach (Tom) Allen, and coach (Chris) Kiffin. They get there fast and play with a purpose. They play for each other, and I like that."

What was his impression of the Ole Miss linebackers?

"I like how they use them in different ways. They drop them back in coverages and rush them off the edge like we do at my high school. It wouldn't be a difficult transition for me if I were to go to Ole Miss because they would use me in a similar role that I have here (at Greenville Wesson)."

Green has a defensive end's frame and the Rebels let him know what their plans were for him if he were to choose Ole Miss.

"Coach Allen let me know the different ways they would disguise me. Even though they're recruiting me for outside linebacker I could play the stand-up (defensive) end position. They'll disguise me as a linebacker in some formations and also put my hand down in others. We watched how they would use me on film. I think I would be comfortable with that role. Nothing is brand new to me. The only thing new would be playing in the SEC. It's not that complicated. I have the skills. I just have to execute it and play to the best of my ability."

The Ole Miss coaches let him know how important he is to the Rebel program.

"They have a very young team and are returning most of their players when I get there. They see me as a big part of their defense along with the commits they are bringing in this year and in my class. They had one of the top five classes in the country last year and are bringing in another top five class this year. They're about to accomplish some great things at Ole Miss over the next few years, and they want me to be a big part of it. I just felt very comfortable on my trip. It was exactly what I was expecting it to be like. Everybody represented themselves well. I couldn't find any faults with Ole Miss. None at all."

Green had a few things on his mind that he wanted to learn about Mississippi State on the trip to Starkville.

"I wanted to see their defense in action against their offense in a live scrimmage game. I wanted to see if they made any progression since a practice I saw from them earlier. They couldn't really blitz a lot. They were just sitting back and reacting to what their offense was doing but it looked like they were doing pretty good. I need to go watch them in a live game when they can go attack the ball. I did like how they used Brandon Wells and (Bernardrick) McKinney."

What stands out about the Bulldogs the most right now?

"Their linebackers coach told me that they're going to play me the same position as I'm playing now. It wouldn't be a big change for me. I'll just have to learn their defense and get my body in shape. I like their coaches too. They are real down to earth. I like the coaches at both schools."

A few other SEC schools have been in contact recently.

"I've been talking to Tennessee and Auburn lately. Not at the level that I talk to Ole Miss and Mississippi State, but it's picking up. Arkansas just got in contact with me recently too. They called me the other day and want to get me up there and see the campus."

Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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