December 30, 2007

Green, Robinson talk schools

SAN ANTONIO - William Green stands 6 feet 4 and weighs 215 pounds, but the Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park linebacker/defensive end promises he's stronger than he looks. He proved it this season by finishing with 119 tackles and six sacks.

"My speed played a big part into it, too," Green said Sunday upon his arrival at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

His speed on the field has been impressive. His recruitment has not moved so fast. Green has planned a trip to Auburn for the weekend of Jan. 11 and then plans to visit Florida on Jan. 18 and Clemson on Jan. 25. He said he might not take his two other trips but visits to Tennessee and Alabama are possibilities.

"Living in Alabama, you get a lot of pressure to go to Alabama," Green said. "Sometimes, I wished I committed earlier in the year. Florida is kind of the leader but everybody is still in it. They've been the most consistent and they've showed me they wanted me the most."

Florida defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Greg Mattison had an in-home visit and Green said Mattison is one of the friendliest people he ever met. But coaches from his other finalists also have attributes that would benefit him if he chose their respective school.

"They all have coaches who put people in the league," Green said.

Rivals.com rates Green as the seventh-best outside linebacker nationally and the No. 4 prospect in the Alabama top 30 of 2008. He's No. 87 in the Rivals 100 and is the only player from Alabama playing in the U.S. Army game.

Robinson provides update

Homestead (Fla.) linebacker Marcus Robinson said he is "very open" right now because he has not made a final decision but he has a few visits set up that might help him make his college choice.

Robinson, who first committed to Miami on July 15, plans to visit Florida State on Jan. 11, Florida on Jan. 18 and he said he has already visited LSU and Southern California. He said the Hurricanes are still in the running.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound recruit participated in Florida's Friday Night Lights camp last summer and said he developed a good relationship with the coaching staff. He's also excited about competing against many of the top players this week in practice - and proving he is one of the better players in the senior class.

"(Florida has) cool coaches, they know what you need to be coached on," Robinson said. "I like to be coached. There was a lot that I liked about going up there especially the coaches.

"I'm looking forward to coming in to play against the top players because I want to show everybody I'm a top player also. I'm looking forward to a big test this week. I'll go up against anybody."

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