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May 29, 2012
A decade ago Florida State signed Chris Davis from St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic High School. Much has changed in the 10 years since the former five-star athlete decided to play for the Seminoles, but FSU is back at the small school in St. Petersburg with its sights on another Rivals100 offensive skill player.
At 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Ryan Green isn't the biggest back in the country but he is one of the most heavily recruited. At last check the speedy back had nearly 40 scholarship offers including an early offer from Florida State. And from all indications, the Rivals100 back is probably the 'Noles' top running back target.
He is also pretty high on the Seminoles, as well as a school on the west coast.
"Florida State and USC," Green said of his two favorite schools growing up. "I have family in California so I've always been sort of a California boy. And my step sister and aunt went to Florida State."
Green plans to sit down with his family in the near future in order to narrow his list of schools down to five. He cites a handful of factors that he will consider when making this difficult decision.
"Depth chart and I have to feel comfortable at the school academically, socially and athletically," explained Green. "And I just want to feel at home."
This decision will definitely be made with help from his entire family. Green relies heavily on his mother and father in dealing with the taxing recruiting process.
When those five schools are announced it's pretty much a foregone conclusion that the Seminoles will make the cut. In addition to having some family ties to school, a strong relationship with running backs coach Eddie Gran and FSU's offensive system should have the 'Noles in a strong position.
"I think I would fit well into the offense," said Green, who will take part in FSU's Football Camp in June. "They get their running backs in space and they get their running backs the ball in a pro style."
Green won't be confused for a bruising power back but he still knows how to pack a punch. In St. Petersburg Catholic's 55-0 spring game victory over Indian Rocks Christian, he played a little at defensive back and ended up knocking out an opposing running back.
"He cut my way and when he turned to see me it was too late. I caught him under the shoulder pads and helmet and it was bad. It was a big hit," explained Green.
In that same game he was even more impressive on offense, cranking out 186 rushing yards on just six carries and had two touchdowns. Instead of continuing to pile up ridiculous numbers, the talented back stepped aside to give some of his teammates a chance to shine.
Green says he doesn't have a timeline for making a decision on a school but previously mentioned that he would like to do it before the start of the season.