Vikings’ receiver no longer an underdog

DJR_07232013BY BRANDON SPECK
DAILY JOURNAL

North Pontotoc wide receiver Marcus Green has speed to burn. Still relatively new to the recruiting game, he has quickly made a name for himself this summer.

Green has camped out all summer, grabbing his first scholarship offer from Louisiana- Monroe in June. He spent last weekend at Mississippi State’s Big Dawg Camp.

“I always saw myself as an underdog, but after going to the camp, I think I fit right in with the top recruits, even though I’m not not ranked or don’t have any stars yet,” said the Vikings rising senior.

“Yet” may be the key word. Green has picked up quite a bit of summer momentum, making a habit of showing 4.3 speed. He did it again in Starkville, clocking in at 4.31 in his 40-yard dash.

“I caught the ball real well. I got off press coverage really well,” Green said.

Last season, the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Green caught 53 passes for 994 yards and 13 touchdowns. He made 28 tackles at defensive back.

Eager to stay home
He openly hopes to have a chance to stay in Mississippi and is doing the work – Big Dawg was his seventh camp. The Bulldogs have shown the most interest and Louisiana-Lafayette and Memphis have also made contact.

He said he talked aside with Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen at the camp and Mullen told him to be patient.

“I’m hoping that’s a good thing and I get a call,” Green said. “I grew up an Ole Miss fan, but once you start this recruiting, you have to become neutral.

“I feel I fit in as a slot receiver. I have great hands and use my speed and quickness.”

Green averaged nearly 20 yards per catch last season. He picked up the offer from the Warhawks in early June, then visited a week later. Having an offer on the table has eased the recruitment process some.

“In-state is important to me (but) I don’t mind being away from home. (Louisiana-Monroe has) a great staff and I think they’re going to have a good year,” Green said.
brandon.speck@journalinc.com