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After a busy fall on the recruiting trail, the recruiting process is picking back up for Roswell (GA) Blessed Trinity Catholic 2020 3-star running back Elijah Green, who recently picked up an offer from Michigan State and took an official visit to East Lansing over the weekend.
Green recently spoke with Spartan Nation about his offer and his time on campus and said that he enjoyed getting to know some of the players and coaches and getting to see what the campus has to offer and intends on making a return visit this fall for a game.
“I had a really good time there,” he said. “I had a chance to talk with some of the players, some of the coaches and I got to see the campus. I got an in-depth tour of the facilities with coach Salem – it was impressive. I’m excited to get back up there for a game this fall.”
Along with his offer from Michigan State, Green also holds offers from Boston College, Iowa State, North Carolina State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech along with a handful of others.
Green said that he spent a good amount of time with offensive coordinator Brad Salem and the two discussed how Green would fit into Michigan State’s run-heavy offense.
“That Michigan State loves to run the ball and I’d be the back that they’re looking for,” he said. “They like how I’m a downhill runner and I fit the criteria that they’re looking for to fit the offense. I got to sit down with him (Salem) and talk with him about how he coaches and how he’s developed running backs like L.J. Scott.”
During his official visit, Green’s player host was junior running back Connor Heyward and also spent time getting to know sophomore quarterback Rocky Lombardi and sophomore offensive lineman Matt Allen and got to know those team members not just as players, but as people and said that the football program had a family feel to it.
Green also said he had the opportunity to get to know head coach Mark Dantonio as both a coach and as a person.
“I got to sit down with him and talk to him for a little bit,” he said. “He came to dinner and breakfast with us and I got to see what kind of coach he is and what kind of person he is.”
Throughout Dantonio’s tenure in East Lansing, the Spartans have been able to find some success with recruiting the state of Georgia, most recently landing offensive lineman James Ohonba in 2018 and three players in the 2017 class in Shakur Brown, Tre Person and Connor Heyward.
Green said in a previous interview with Spartan Nation that knowing Michigan State’s track record of recruiting the state of Georgia and making East Lansing feel like home for those players as well as the program’s ability to develop running backs is important to him when looking at schools.
“That means a lot, it’s a pretty big deal,” he said. “A lot of guys from my state seem to see Michigan State as a home to them. They’re willing to make the trip up there and (Michigan State) can make that feel home. That means a lot that Michigan State is able to develop these players and move them on to the NFL.”
Although East Lansing is a long way from Roswell, Georgia, Green said after his visit to Michigan State that distance won’t play much of a factor in his college decision and that he’s more focused on making sure the school he chooses is the best possible fit for himself personally.
“I think distance plays not really a big factor for me,” he said. “I want to go somewhere that is the best fit and where they can develop me as a man and as a football player. Whether that’s 10 miles from where I live or 10,000 miles from where I live, if it’s where it’s best for me, that’s what I have to do.”
Green told Spartan Nation that while nothing is set in stone he hopes to make his commitment before the start of his senior season, but is willing to wait until after the start of the season if necessary.
As he prepares for his senior season and getting ready to play at the college level, Green said that he doesn’t have any specific areas he’s looking to improve in his game, but rather wants to improve across the board to become a better running back.
“Personally, I never think my game is complete,” he said. “I’m always working to get better, not anything specific, just everything to get better. I’m always looking for improvement, I’m never satisfied with where I am and I’m always just trying to take my game to the next level.”
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