Former Nebraska running back Aaron Green said two weeks ago he planned to transfer from Nebraska to be closer to home and play in a system he felt better fit his skill set.
Mission accomplished on at least one of his objectives.
Green announced via twitter on Friday he has decided to finish his career as a TCU Horned Frog. Green, a San Antonio, Texas native, will now be playing his college ball just 265 miles up Interstate 35 in Fort Worth.
Green was one of the top ranked high school running backs in the country as part of the 2011 recruiting out of James Madison High School in San Antonio. He could have chosen to play football nearly anywhere he wanted but selected Nebraska at least in part because his older brother, Andrew, was already a defensive back for the Cornhuskers.
Green played sparingly as a freshman carrying the ball 24 times in 2011 for 105 yards playing behind Rex Burkhead and fellow freshman Ameer Abdullah. And given Nebraska’s penchant for incorporating the quarterback into the run game, Green felt his talents would be better put to use outside of Lincoln.
Heading into the 2012 season, the backfield situation at TCU is a bit crowded but that’s not much concern to Green at the moment because he’ll be required to sit out the 2012 to comply with the NCAA’s transfer rules.
The Horned Frogs return Waymon James, Ed Wesley, and Matthew Tucker all who rushed for more 700 yards in 2011. By the time Green is eligible in 2013, only James will remain on the roster, however.
TCU didn’t have a running back as part of its 2011 recruiting class which should help Green’s chances of getting significant playing time in 2013. Outside of James, the only other running backs on the current roster that will be around when Green becomes eligible are incoming freshman B.J. Catalon and LaDarius Anthony.
While this could be just another case of a high profile recruit chasing greener pastures that aren’t always as green as they seem, Green showed enough last season and throughout spring football in Lincoln to leave little doubt that he possesses the talent to play at this level. If it truly is a good “fit” he seeks, playing running back for a Gary Patterson coached team should be about as good as it gets. At least Green hopes so.