Friday, June 15, 2012
Updated: July 10, 3:39 PM ET
Ryan Green commits to Seminoles
By Corey Long
Under Armour All-American running back Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Pete Catholic) committed to Florida State on Friday night. The 5-foot-10, 195-pound junior is the Seminoles' 12th commitment in the Class of 2013.
Green, who chose Florida State over Auburn, Notre Dame, Florida and Clemson, was originally thinking about waiting until National Signing Day to make his decision, but a second trip to FSU for the Jimbo Fisher Camp proved to be difference.
"I knew this was the place I wanted to be," Green said. "I just felt it and I knew if I didn't commit, I was going make things more complicated as other schools kept pursuing me."
Not surprisingly, FSU coach Jimbo Fisher reacted positively when Green gave him news in a phone call.
"He said I would probably hear him screaming from Tallahassee," Green added. "I really enjoyed working with coach Fisher and coach (Eddie) Gran these last couple of days. Coach Gran is going to coach me hard and he has high expectations of his running backs, but he's also going to be a father figure and care about me as a person."
Green says he's always been a fan of FSU, but he had to go through the recruiting process to make sure it was the best fit. The original plan was to take officials to his top five schools, but Green says he'll only take an official to FSU and stop through to watch a few games during the year.
"At different times, I thought other schools might be a better fit," Green said. "I liked Notre Dame, I liked Florida, I liked Auburn a lot, but FSU was where I felt the best at."
Green says his commitment is solid and his father, Vader Green, did not want him to commit unless it was his final choice.
"I've always told Ryan that once he commits, that's it," Vader Green said. "I wanted him to be sure and as a parent, I wanted to make sure that the place he chose had his best interests at heart. I am very proud of the way he handled the process."
The Seminoles will get the fastest rising running back in the nation. Green moved up 12 spots to No. 36 in the latest ESPN 150 and is willing to show his versatility as a player. Green will be playing in the 2013 Under Armour All-America Game as a slot receiver and return specialist.
Green rushed for 1,171 yards and 15 touchdowns as junior. He also added three touchdowns on kick returns.