Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, GA) head coach Jonathan Gess will be in Blacksburg for Virginia Tech’s July 9 camp, and he is bringing with him rising junior tailback Keyante Green and rising junior lineman Isaac Rochelle. Virginia Tech has offered both players, two of the top 2013 class recruits in the state of Georgia.
“Virginia Tech is in the top three or four for both of them,” Gess said, referring to Green and Rochelle.
“When I talk with Keyante, I think it’s fairly clear his top three are Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. With Isaac, his top three probably are Clemson, Virginia Tech, and Alabama. He really likes Alabama. They treated him very well when he went there.”
Rochelle currently has a slight edge over Green in terms of scholarship offers, boasting 14 or 15 offers to Green’s 12 or 13. It’s clear, though, that both are big-time players in the eyes of major college coaches.
“I think Keyante is one of the best football players in the state of Georgia. The way he can take over a game, big games especially, is unbelievable,” Gess said. “Isaac is 6’5″, 245 pounds as a 10th grader. Nobody can block him, and he is one of our best blockers.”
A South Carolina assistant coach, Gess says, likened Green’s running ability and style to former Florida Gators and NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith. It’s a comparison the Chargers head coach agrees with.
“When you talk about running backs, everybody gets into the 40 time and that kind of stuff,” Gess said. “You have to know when to cut, how to cut, and you have to do it right at the right time. Keyante is gifted like I’ve never seen before at breaking tackles, vision and balance. He is fast, yes. He ran a 4.53-second 40 at Alabama. But he has a knack for making the right move at the right time. And he is able to make a move without losing a step.”
Green, who now stands at 5’8″, 190 pounds, hasn’t shied away from competition. In fact, in the biggest games, Coach Gess has come to expect big-time performances from the talented tailback.
“When he was in the ninth grade, we didn’t know what we had. We knew Keyante was good, but we didn’t understand what we had,” Gess...
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