Travis Green (Council Bluffs, Iowa/Iowa Western Community College) believes in second chances.
Green committed to Kansas State out of Omaha (Neb.) North High School in 2011 but found himself at Iowa Western after high school. Two years later, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety will get the opportunity to play in Manhattan, Kan., once again, as he verbally committed to the Wildcats on Monday.
Green became the eighth Kansas State commit and the program’s first junior college pledge of the 2013 recruiting class. Recruited by quarterbacks coach Del Miller, Green chose Kansas State over offers from Wyoming and South Dakota State.
“Honestly, they’ve been recruiting me out of high school, and that meant a lot,” Green said. “I really liked it then, and Coach Miller and I have connected and stayed in contact. For them to still want me out of juco, it feels good.”
Green is a part of an Iowa Western team that will play for the NJCAA national championship on Sunday. Defensively, he’s one of the Reivers’ leaders, recording 62 tackles and five interceptions through 11 games this season. Green can play either outside linebacker or safety, but he’s expected to play strong safety at Kansas State.
Green defined Kansas State as a “family atmosphere,” a place that was easy to pick because of the coaching staff -- primarily Miller.
“He’s really looked out for me,” Green said of Miller. “He told me if everything didn’t work out [with Kansas State], he’d make sure he’d get me somewhere. He was willing to stick his neck out for me. The family they’ve got down there and the program they’ve built definitely made it an easy choice to make.”
Green said a national title would be icing on the cake for him. Iowa Western will face Butler (Kan.) Community College on Sunday in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
“It’s been an adventure for me,” he said. “Juco’s had its ups and downs and definitely has been a roller coaster. It’s been a good experience, though. I’m having the time of my life. Then, to get an offer from Kansas State, it’s been really good.”