Last season, as a first time starter, Gabe Green was the model of efficiency for Sacred Heart Griffin. Just a sophomore then, he completed 68.5-percent of his passes for 1,853 yards ad 19 touchdowns to just two interceptions.
Those numbers would not be easy to improve on, but Green has done it. In eight games this season, he has completed a staggering 76.9-percent of his passes for 1,948 yards and 24 touchdowns with only one interception.
"It's been great," he said. "The game has slowed down a lot. Last year, we had two senior running backs and it was my first year, so we ran the ball a ton. This year, I've improved throwing the ball down field and it's been a lot easier."
With numbers like that, it is no surprise that college interest has already been coming for Green. He has had the opportunity to visit several of the schools who are recruiting him.
"The most interest I've gotten is from Iowa, Iowa State, Illinois, Northwestern, Purdue, Missouri, Arkansas, just kind of sending mail and I've been to Northwestern and Illinois and I'm going to Vanderbilt this weekend."
Green says his recent trip to Evanston, one where he saw one of the biggest games in the Big Ten this season, was a good one.
"It was great. I loved Northwestern. There wasn't an empty seat there. They were playing Ohio State, and the atmosphere was really good. Everyone was really into the game. They said keep in contact with them and they'll make a decision later."
Green's top target, senior wide receiver Malik Turner, is committed to Illinois and that is another program he has gotten a closer look at.
"I like Illinois a lot too. They make it feel like home. They make it feel like you're supposed to go there. I like that. They were saying basically the same stuff. They're real interested, and to keep in close touch with them."
SHG is 6-1. Green and the Cyclones take on Chatham Glenwood this season.