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Juco TE Brannon Green commits to OU

Updated: December 7, 2011, 6:11 PM ET
By Bob Przybylo | SoonerNation

Junior college tight end Brannon Green (Fort Scott, Kan./Fort Scott CC) didn't need an official visit to commit to Oklahoma.

Green was offered by tight ends coach Bruce Kittle on Wednesday and gave his verbal commitment to Kittle before the coach even left the school.

Green had committed to Connecticut in November and also had Michigan State and Louisville as his other favorites.

"Coach Kittle was so great," Green said. "I can tell he's a hard-nosed guy, somebody who I would love to play for."

Fort Scott assistant coach Rico Cherico said Green was 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds when Green started at Fort Scott. Eighteen months later, Green is 6-4, 268.

The Sooners already had looked at Fort Scott earlier this season with tight end Terrell Mitchell. Cherico said he was not sure what the status of Mitchell is right now. Mitchell wanted to verbally commit to the Sooners, but his commitment was not accepted initially because of some medical concerns. Mitchell tore his ACL in the spring.

There are no such concerns for Green, who has a redshirt year to go with two years of eligibility remaining.

"He has a tremendous motor and a great work ethic," Cherico said. "There are few players who will outwork him."

Coming out of the small town of Altamont, Kan., Green didn't get a lot of attention. He was recruited by Kansas, Kansas State and Tulsa, but nothing ever developed.

However, he never got concerned. After he put his highlight tape together, the interest was there from teams like Michigan State and Connecticut. And once OU entered the picture, everything changed.

"This means so much. It shows that hard work pays off," Green said. "I'm going to do everything I can to represent my hometown and to represent the Sooners."

Green was already an accomplished route runner coming into college, but what Fort Scott helped him develop was the ability to run block. He's not only a good run blocker, it has become the biggest strength to his game.

"I never stopped working on it," Green said. "Every day I would keep going after it. I knew that it would help me take that next step."

Green is the 17th commitment of the class and the second at tight end, joining Laith Harlow (Tallahassee, Fla./Godby). Green is expected to take an official visit to OU next weekend and will be ready to step on campus in January.

Bob Przybylo covers football and basketball recruiting for SoonerNation. He can be reached at bprzybyloespn@gmail.com.

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