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Another Houston Domino Falls: Jalen Green To Texas (By Will Baizer)

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The soft-spoken Jalen Green spoke loud and clear when he decided that he was going to commit to Texas. Once again, Texas has dipped into the talent-rich city of Houston this recruiting cycle.


It seems that the staff has a type - long, athletic, and versatile defensive backs. They don’t need to be solely safeties or corners, they just need to be good players, and the athlete out of Heights High School in Houston is one of the best. Currently, Green has been rated the #8 corner in the nation, #5 player in Texas (composite rankings), and depending on who you talk to, may be the best corner in the state.


The best part about all of this? Green has only been playing defensive back for two years.


Although Green has almost 40 offers, Tom Herman and his staff were one of the first on his bandwagon. Herman’s Houston staff was the third team to extend an offer way back in April 2016 and it didn’t take long for Herman to offer him again when he became the head man for Texas. This seems to have played a huge role in Green's decision, as he has decided that he will play for the University of Texas over offers from Alabama, Clemson, LSU, TCU, and Oklahoma, due in part to the wonderful relationship that he has built with Herman, Jason Washington, and the staff at Texas over the last two years.


Film Analysis


Long, fast, versatile, strong, smart, hits-harder-than-a freight-train…these are just some of the words and phrases to describe the 6’1” 171-pound Green’s game. Green has the strength and size to get up into the face of his receiver and jam them at the line, while keeping his wits about him in case he needs to shed the receiver. In other words, he’s not easy to block nor get by.


If the receiver does somehow make it by him, then Green has not only the speed to keep up with the fastest (with a sub-4.5 forty), but is able to keep track of when to turn his head, how to find the ball, and how to use his length and/or athleticism to get to the ball or break up the pass. His tape really is astounding.


Here’s the exciting part. His footwork is remarkable despite having only played the position for two years. Jalen Green may have the highest ceiling of any recruit in the state and already has a floor that is Texas worthy.


Oh yeah. The reason he’s only played 2 years of defensive back is because he is actually very good on offense too. The man does it all and then some.


Final Verdict


Jalen Green now joins one of the best defensive back classes ever recruited at Texas with BJ Foster, Caden Sterns, and Demarvion Overshown making the average composite score of the 2018 cycle secondary a solid 0.9701. That composite score makes this secondary the highest rated secondary in Texas recruiting history (or as far back as 1999). When you add this group already on campus, the defensive staff has to be very pleased with what they will have to work with.


With the threat of a few defensive backs possibly leaving early for the NFL, I also wouldn’t be fearful of one defensive back pushing another out.  Each of these guys feels that they will be playing on the field together, and the staff has promised them that they will find a way to get all of this talent on the field at once. Given the versatility and talent of each player, I don’t think it will be too difficult.


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