Ole Miss and Mississippi State engaged in a hotly contested recruiting war with defensive end Chris Jones last year that captivated the two fan bases with rumors of Jones making secret midnight visits and also with him receiving death threats. This year’s biggest fight could be over Gerri Green (Greenville, Miss. Greenville Weston) who has risen from hidden gem to potential stardom.
Jones committed to the Bulldogs last year, but Ole Miss didn’t go down without a fight. I hope the death threats are missing in this year’s recruiting tug-of-war for the 6-5, 210-pound defender. I say defender because Green is being recruited at a variety of positions on all three levels of defense.
He is an outside linebacker in high school but Auburn is recruiting him for their “Star” position and Arkansas is recruiting him as a defensive end. Tennessee has also extended an offer to the versatile Green, but this figures to come down to the two in-state schools based on comments made to Paul Jones of BullDawgs247.
“I would put Auburn and Tennessee behind Mississippi State and Ole Miss,” said Green. “But I am open to all of them and I don’t have one main leader.”
The spring and summer will be a decisive one for Green who will camp at Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Alabama and is coming off a recent visit to Auburn for their Big Cat Weekend. Arkansas is an intriguing option because he has a strong relationship with assistant coach Charlie Partridge, and his father Gerri Sr. played at Arkansas Pine-Bluff. However, the Hogs have not extended an offer yet and are hoping to get Green to camp Jun 9-11. If he cannot to make it to the camp I would write off Arkansas in the pursuit of Green.
Green has flown under the radar thus far, but he is no longer a hidden gem for Ole Miss and Mississippi State much like Jones was a year ago at this time. Jones went from a two-star recruit to as high as the No. 2 player in the nation. Green shares some similarities with Jones albeit he wasn’t as much of an unknown as Jones, but he has the potential to skyrocket up recruiting boards during the summer and senior season in the same manner Jones did a season ago.
At that point, it wouldn’t surprise me to see other SEC powers reach out to Green who could be a dynamic 3-4 outside linebacker or with some physical development a dominating rush end in a 4-3 scheme. He is coming off an 89-tackle junior season and also broke up four passes, forced 2 fumbles and recovered three.
Green opened up the possibility of committing this summer prior to his senior season if he’s comfortable with a program, but if he’s not ready he will wait until his season is complete.
Will there be secret midnight visits for Green this winter? That remains to be seen, but this is a player who is finding himself in a war with Ole Miss and Mississippi State until he signs his letter of intent. If he chooses one of the two schools as I predict — I’m leaning toward Mississippi State—he’ll just be getting prepped for four or five years of one of the nation’s best rivalry’s.