With 30 tackles, three interceptions, 73 carries for 976 yards and 19 touchdowns, two punt returns for touchdowns, two kickoff returns for touchdowns, 14 catches for 336 yards and five touchdowns, there is no denying J.J. Green (Kingsland, Ga./Camden Co.) should be considered one of, if the not the top overall playmaker in the state of Georgia. So it comes as no surprise that when University of Georgia head coach Mark Richt extended an offer to Green, one of his teammates was immediately in his ear to accept it on the spot.
Why? Because he wants to play with his fellow Wildcat star at the next level.
“Brice (Ramsey) tried to make me pull the trigger right away,” Green said of his second overall offer. "He did not waste any time going to work on me.”
Ramsey, an ESPNU Watch List quarterback, committed to Georgia last July during the Dawg Night Camp in Athens, and recently got one of his close friends to recommit to the Bulldogs as well. That is also why he is telling his current teammate to jump on board now rather than risk losing his spot.
“He said I need to commit now because Georgia already got Tramel Terry as an athlete, and they are not playing around with this class,” Green said. “If I commit that would probably be it for athletes.”
Although Ramsey is still picking up offers every other week, most recently from programs like Alabama and Ole Miss, Green feels Bulldog fans need not worry about their coveted quarterback wavering, and he also is impressed with Georgia’s efforts to close the borders.
“Brice is still getting offers, but he is solid,” Green said. “He is not trying to talk about any other school because he is graduating early and getting up to Athens. Brice is trying to get all of the boys from Georgia with offers to commit to the Dawgs. Brice, Shaq (Wiggins) and Tray (Matthews) are trying to pull Reuben (Foster). They are trying to get everybody. If Georgia tries to get everyone in the state of Georgia, then it shows they are trying to win national championships.”
Duke was the first program to offer Green, and after getting hints from recruiter of record Tony Ball that Georgia might be next, the Bulldogs pulled the trigger early Wednesday afternoon. A few hours later, Mississippi State also jumped in the mix with a scholarship. With a junior day trip planned to Georgia Tech this weekend, Green feels the Yellow Jackets could be the next to pull the trigger on an offer. Their in-state rivals currently have the edge, however.
“I know Georgia has a great coaching staff, and the offer definitely puts them number one,” Green said. “I also like how loud the stadium is, and I have never met a Georgia fan that was not die-hard. I grew up a Georgia fan in a family full of Bulldog fans. I told my aunt, uncle and grandma, and they were really excited.”
Green is also familiar with the latest commitment to Georgia, having spent some time training and competing with him during the offseason last year.
“They just got my boy Tramel Terry, and he will probably be playing defensive back, too,” Green said. “We met over the summer and spent a whole week playing together with Brice. He is one of the fastest guys I have ever seen, and he is a freak in the weight room, too.”
A familiar comparison was given to Green by Ball, and it is one that can be attributed to his contributions in all three facets of the game for Camden County.
“Coach Ball said I remind them of Brandon Boykin, and that it is not about size, it is about heart and determination,” Green said. “I think I have the instinct needed to excel at defensive back, and I am a hard-hitting, physical player. I would probably play slot receiver and kick returner, too, because I am not afraid to go up against linebackers and get hit.”
He also informed another prominent relative of the news.
“I texted my uncle Jacquez Green when I got the offer and he was like, 'I know you are happy!' All of his players at Lincoln (Tallahassee, Fla.) want to go down to Florida because they know Georgia has that speed now, and they are already getting everybody. I think Georgia will come out on top because they already got like eight of the best committed."
Green, who is contemplating the possibility of enrolling early at the school of his choice, was last in Athens for the South Carolina game in September, and he is anxious to make a return visit very soon.
“I am taking my recruitment one step at a time and go day by day, but I am about to get up to Georgia real quick,” Green said. “Brice and I will be up in two weeks to check out Georgia practice during our spring break.”