Top Target: Michael Green

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Deptford high school’s (Deptford, NJ) Mike Green is one of the better two way players in the state of New Jersey. He excels on offense and on defense. On offense, Green is a bruising fullback. College coaches recruiting him to play that position love his blocking ability.

He plays outside linebacker on defense and recorded 95 tackles including 12 tackles-for-loss his junior season. Whichever position Green ends up playing in college, head coach Al Orio knows his star will have the ability and attitude to succeed.

“Mike has great strength, speed, and size,” said Orio of the 6-1, 235 pound Green who runs a 4.7 in the 40. “The best thing about him is his determination to succeed. He is a very determined player.”

When asked what college coaches like most about him, Green only had one thing to say.

“Toughness,” said Green. “Toughness is my greatest strength.”

Illinois, who has offered Green a scholarship, wants him to play fullback…as does Virginia Tech, who has also offered Green a scholarship. Virginia, who has been recruiting Green for quite some time, wants him as an inside linebacker.

The Cavaliers and Illini are two of Green’s three current favorites. Green plans on visiting Blacksburg this summer to get a closer look at the Hokies. Other schools actively pursuing the talented prospect include Boston College, Michigan State, and Penn State.

“I’m pretty wide open, but I do have three favorites right now,” said Green. “Virginia, Ohio State, and Illinois. Virginia has been recruiting me pretty much since my sophomore year – I’ve been there twice already, and I really like the campus and the coaches. I’ve never been to Illinois, but I hear it’s nice and I like their program. Ohio State is just a great program.

“This summer, I am going to visit Ohio State, Illinois, and Virginia Tech unofficially to see the campuses and everything.”

Green plans on focusing on his senior season before making any official visits. He is looking forward to playing a new position this fall, as he is moving from outside linebacker to inside. Though a position change can be tough, Green does not seem too worried about making the transition.

“My best friend played middle linebacker for us last year,” said Green. “He is just telling me everything I need to do, and I will do it. I really don’t care which position I play.”

Even more than having the