Robby Green, the 6-foot, 170-pound four-star cornerback from John Curtis High School in River Ridge, La., had five tackles and one interception in his season opener against Mandeville High School won by Curtis 20-3.
Green, ranked as the No. 13 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, has approximately 30 scholarship offers but remains wide open. In fact, Green hasn't come close to scheduling any official visits yet and doesn't plan on taking any until near the end of the season at the earliest. "I won't take any visit until our season is over," Green said. "Our coach won't let us take visits during the season."
Although Green denies a leader, he continues to favor many of the programs which have always topped his list: Alabama, LSU, USC, Arizona State, Florida, Tennessee and Ole Miss. "I'll try to narrow it down to five schools by the middle of the season," he said. "Right now there are like 10 schools that I'm looking at.
"I just want to find a place where I can go in and help," he said. "It doesn't matter to me if they go undefeated or don't win a single game. I'm really looking for a place with good team chemistry and a family atmosphere. I also want to play for good coaches and where they have good academic support. I'd like to play early and just make sure that I really fit in."
Even though Green hasn't set up any official visits yet, he says he will be visiting LSU for the Virginia Tech game on Sept. 8. "That should be a good game," Green said. "I think LSU will have a great season. Their defense looks great and they just fly to the ball. They should do really well."
Another defense that impressed Green was USC's. "They just have great speed and amazing defensive pressure," he said. "They played pretty good (against Idaho), but I think they really could have put a whupping on that team."
Green's former teammate is (freshman) Trojan running back Joe McKnight. "He did pretty good," Green said. "We talk every now and then, but it's usually not about recruiting. He gave me some advice before he left for USC and just told me that it's a hard process and that I just have to do what's right for me. Now when we talk it's just about our family stuff and things like that."
But the Trojans aren't the only Pac-10 team that could lure Green out of Louisiana. Arizona State is also strongly pursuing Green. "They have a great coach (Dennis Erickson)," Green said. "Plus they need some help on defense and I could see myself getting there and playing early. I really see them fighting for the Pac-10 soon. I think they'll be getting some top recruits with the new coaches and be a top team again."
Another program that Green believes is up-and-coming is Ole Miss. "They should do pretty good this year," he said. "They have great coaches and I think they'll turn it around. They just need to put together a couple of solid years of recruiting and they'll be fighting for the SEC lead again."
One team which is already fighting for the SEC title is Tennessee, which lost its opening game to California. "USC better keep an eye on Cal," Green said. "Those boys can play. It was a battle and very intense. They (Tennessee) whupped Cal last year and Cal really wanted it this season. I think they are pretty evenly matched though and if they played again it would be a toss up. Tennessee is still a great team and will be fine."
Green says that the school that surprised him the most during the opening weekend was Florida. "I watched a lot of football on Saturday," Green said. "I was really impressed with Florida's offense because I didn't think they'd be that good. They showed a lot of toughness and I really believe they'll be a team to beat this season."
The school that is recruiting Green the hardest is Alabama. "They keep in touch the most," Green said. "They send the most letters, emails and whenever they call I get to talk with their head coach (Nick Saban). I really like coach Saban. He is really cool and I like how he takes time to talk with me. He seems to really respect his players and I have nothing but positive things to say about him.
"I was pretty impressed with how they (Alabama) played," he said. "I think they are an up-and-coming team for sure."
Green reports a 3.0 core GPA and a 17ACT.