Green Ready for Big-Time Season

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A 6-2, 220-pound defensive end as a freshman, Conway (SC) defensive lineman Hivera Green has since grown into an imposing and athletic 6-5, 268-pound rising senior. He uses his size, strength, athleticism and the experience he gained since his freshman year to wreak havoc on opposing offenses.

“I’ve played defense for 3 years,” Green said. “My freshman year was when I first started playing defense. I’ve learned a lot over the last few years because there were a lot of great players before me. So even when I was younger and not playing as much, I was learning.

“Now I’m 6-5, 268-pounds. The strongest points of my game are my strength, my knowledge of where the ball is and my pass rushing ability.”

Green enjoyed an excellent junior season last year, finishing with 63 tackles with 7 tackles-for-loss, 5 sacks, 4 forced-fumbles, and 5 pass break-ups. A defensive end in a 3-3-5 scheme, the versatile Green is being recruited primarily as an end on the next level.

17 Division I-A schools have offered thus far. One of the top defenders in the state of South Carolina, Green says that 3 schools currently stand out as his favorites.

“Right now, my top 3 are Michigan, Florida and Virginia Tech,” Green said. “I feel those are the schools coming at me the hardest and I think I would have the best chance to play at those schools. I’m still looking at others for the other 2 spots, but I don’t know any schools for those 2 right now.”

Though he says “Michigan stands out right now” when asked if he had one favorite among the 3, Green is very impressed with all 3 programs.

“All 3 have good programs every year,” Green said of Michigan, Florida and Tech. “They don’t have to rebuild. They already have solid programs and produce great players. I’d have a great chance to play at the next level if I went to any of these schools.”

In addition to boasting impressive programs, these 3 programs have also shown the most interest in Green.

“There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t get a handwritten letter from Virginia Tech, Michigan or Florida,” Green said. “I get letters all the time from other schools, but handwritten letters really show you the interest.”

Green, who has never seen these 3 schools in person, would like to take an official visit to each before making his decision. He may take all 5 officials, but doesn’t know right now which other 2 schools would be in the running.