Green down to the wire

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PORTLAND, Ore. - If it could have been done differently, Nick Green would have loved more time. More time to think, more time to bounce things off those helping him with this decision, including his parents and coaches. For the 6-foot-2.5, 205-pound quarterback from Central Catholic High School in Portland, he's going to be able to get his five visits in under the wire, but just barely.

"I'm glad I'm not in this alone," Green told Monday night after breaking down his visits and the schedule for his two remaining trips. He's very thankful for the help his family has given him in terms of support and guidance, but also acknowledged the help given by Rams Head Coach Steve Pyne.

"He's been a great help in everything I do," Green said of Pyne.

Perhaps the biggest thing Pyne did for Green was not give up on his senior signal-caller after he tore his knee up one week before his junior season was to begin. Unfortunately the loss of that season has colored everything that has happened since - including his recruitment. Not even accounting for over 3300 yards and 40 combined touchdowns swayed the opinions of the top D1 schools, who just couldn't get past the injury when it came time to give arguably the top quarterback in the northwest a shot.

But credit goes to Air Force, Army, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Montana State and Idaho State for offering Green. He even received strong interest from Sam Houston State in Texas.

His first visit came the first weekend in January to West Point. "The facilities were top of the line," he said. A subsequent home visit on January 10th with Head Coach Stan Brock yielded an even more favorable impression. "They represented West Point in a personable and honorable way," Green said of the coaches. "They made me really feel warm."

Two weeks later, it was off to the high desert of Flagstaff, Ariz. and Northern Arizona University. "They play their games in a 15,000-seat dome," Green said, also noting that the offense the Lumberjacks run is very similar to the Rams' offense. They are currently waiting for a new quarterbacks coach, but Green got along with new Offensive Coordinator Brian Lindgren.

"We were really on the same page and I appreciate his enthusiastic coaching style," Green said of the former Idaho quarterback.

NAU Head Coach Jerome Souers has also made an in-home visit. "He made me feel like I was truly one of his top recruits," Green said, also noting that his family also got along with Souers during the same visit.

This past weekend, Green tripped out to the Air Force Academy, the first school to offer him. "They said that 300 days out of the year there's sunshine, and it was nice to see the sunshine the three days I was there," he said of his visit. "Their facilities are second to none, especially their academic facilities. They will have two places for indoor workouts in the off-season."

New AFA Head Coach Troy Calhoun made a big impression on Green. "He's committed to his team," he said of Calhoun. the Falcons quarterback, Shaun Carney, was one of Green's hosts. "We got along pretty well," Green said of Carney, who is looking more and more like he'll become the quarterbacks coach at the AFA Prep School. "He kind of reminded me of me, just the way he talks. He's a heck of a guy."

Green will officially visit Portland State Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and then will go straight to Montana State Friday. He will then make his decision Tuesday and follow that up with announcing his college intentions on Signing Day. He revealed to that he likes Air Force and Northern Arizona a lot right now, but still wants to finish out the process before figuring out who he likes the best.

"The more I'm learning about the programs, the easier it's becomes," he said. "I'm already starting to form my own decisions already about the schools."

Listening to Green, it sounds like Air Force is looking to balance things up from their normal power run game. "They told me that they are going to try and pass around 25 times a game."

And that's where Green fits into the Falcons' plans. "They think I can run and pass," he said. "I have that dual threat going. They can see me running option, they can see me play-action pass. They are always going to run some option, but a lot depends on personnel."

Green has the option to go to the AFA prep school or go straight to the Academy. His SAT is right now at 1600, and Nick would have to bring up his SAT score a little bit to reach Academy standards. If that doesn't happen, he could still go to the prep school, and it would be just like going to any prep school back east. "It's a lot easier to get into the Academy that way, if I want to," Green said, noting another benefit to the prep school possibility. "I would also get another year of football to make up for that junior year I missed."

As far as NAU goes, Green admitted that going there would probably be the easiest adjustment in terms of the offense run by the Lumberjacks. "They are even thinking of running some of our run plays," he said. "There wouldn't even be really much of a change."

But a lot of things could change for Green in the next week, so stay tuned...

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