Florida State's highest ranked commitment, ESPN 150 running back Ryan Green (St. Petersburg, Fla./St. Petersburg Catholic), will miss the rest of his senior season due to a shoulder injury, his father, Vader, confirmed.
"We went to see the doctor the today after Ryan had been complaining about some soreness in his shoulder," Green's father explained. "It turns out that he had a little tear and we are going to have surgery Friday."
The labrum tear is of no concern to Green's commitment status as he will be back and healthy soon. Florida State's coaching staff reiterated its commitment to the 2013 tailback -- ranked No. 4 among running backs and No. 34 overall -- as early as this afternoon. Green is the top prospect in Florida State's No. 11-ranked class.
"I have already contacted Coach Fisher and the other FSU coaches to let them know about the surgery," said Green.
At the end of the day, it was a decision for the future and Green's best interests in mind that the family decided to forego his senior campaign and focus on being healthy. That's good news for the Seminoles, too, because he will be able to come in and compete right away from a health standpoint.
"Ryan is very upset," Green lamented. "I am very hurt for my son -- he wanted to compete this year, but he understands it is better to be safe and have surgery this year and not have to redshirt this year."
Green was selected to the Under Armour All-American Game and is reserving hope that playing in it will still become a reality. If neither party feels totally comfortable with participating, caution will be exercised.
"It will be a three-month recovery," said Green. "We are hoping he will be back for the Under Armour game because Ryan would really like to participate in that as long as he is healthy."
In 2011, Green rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns. He was well ahead of that pace in 2012 before the injury.