What a debut it was for Seth Green last season. As a freshman quarterback stepping up on the varsity level, there was already a certain amount of pressure. Then he got thrown in against powerhouse Cretin Derham Hall, and as he has been throughout his athletic career, the young man was up to the task.
"He was the second string quarterback his freshman year," his father Bryan Green said. "They brought him off the bench and most people think, you bring a freshman off the bench, you're going to run the ball, but we opened up with a pass play against Cretin. The first play against them was a 71-yard touchdown strike and the rest is history."
From there, the now 6'2, 190-pound Green inherited the starting job and showed the talent needed to be a major prospect. With Division-1 prospects in Alabama commit J.C. Hassenauer and Rutgers verbal George Behr on the team, the school was already a must-stop for college coaches and Green made it even more so.
"Michigan State wanted him to come out to camp. Pittsburgh stopped by the school, Rutgers, Arkansas, Kansas, they all wanted him to come out, but being only a freshman, we thought there was no need to be attending so many camps."
The two Green went to were Minnesota and Louisville and both produced offers.
"Minnesota was the first to bat," Mr. Green explains. "He attended a 7 on 7 followed up that weekend with a big man and quarterback camp. At the end of that camp, Coach Kill, Coach Zebrowski and Coach Miller pulled us aside and said they wanted to be the first to the dance. His whole football career, they've shown love."
From there, he went to Louisville and what was supposed to be a learning trip turned into yet another major step in his recruiting process.
"We're incorporating some of Louisville's offense into our East Ridge offense, so it made sense. This was the first year their quarterbacks coach Shawn Watson did an overnight, so this was his first time away without Mom or Dad and Louisville took care of him. He called before he got on the plane and said Louisville offered. I said 'what?' That was unexpected."
At some point, offers coming for Green may not be so surprising, as he has the tools, both physically and mentally, that colleges look for.
"He shows great poise in the pocket," his father says, "great maturity and he's putting the work in to get better every day. He's very coachable, speaks very articulately and that character means a lot."
While the early success would go to the head of many teenagers, that has not happened with Green and his father is there to make sure it won't.
"He stays humble and hungry and I will not let him do anything else."