Green Flies with the Falcons

PORTLAND, Ore. - Nick Green couldn't go wrong with any of his choices, and he didn't. And in a way, he didn't have to. The 6-foot-2.5, 205-pound quarterback from Central Cathlolic High School in Portland verbally committed to the Air Force Academy after official visits to Army, Northern Arizona, AFA, Portland State and Montana State.

"I'm going to sign with the Air Force Academy," Green told late Tuesday night, the night before the first day high school prospects can sign binding letters of intent. "This was absolutely the hardest decision I've had to make in my life. All of the schools that recruited me would have been excellent choices; I could not have made a bad choice."

To make sure he covered all his bases, Green made two last-minute official visits - to Portland State and Montana State. "My visit to Portland State was amazing," Green said. "(Portland State Head) Coach (Jerry) Glanville and Coach Mouse Davis made me feel like I was one of their most important recruits. Portland State has one of the top Business schools in the entire country, which is something that I'm interested in.

"My tour included a visit to the Nike campus, and during the tour I bumped into Phil Knight. Portland State is outfitted by Nike gear and PGE Park is going to be returfed."

Green also mentioned how Coach Glanville and Coach Davis have coached household names in the NFL.

And Montana State ended up being a better trip than Green expected. "Montana is the kind of place I could see myself living after college," he said. "It's beautiful there. Bozeman is owned by Montana State football. Everywhere you go and every one you meet, they all want to talk MSU football."

But even before going on those visits, Green admitted that the idea of going to the Air Force - and specifically their prep academy - had grown on him ever since he missed his entire junior season of football with a knee injury. He would love to get that year of competition back.

"Ultimately my decision came down to academics and the opportunity to attend the prep school at the Academy," he said. "This will allow me another year of top-notch education and an extra season of football that won't count against my college eligibility.

"It's a win-win situation for my education and my football maturation, which means that Academy will get a more mature quarterback, and you can never go wrong with more education."

Green is '99.9 percent' sure he'll go the prep school route, even though he technically doesn't have to make that final decision until April.

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