September 30, 2008

Pensacola running back making noise

Recruiting circles can't get enough of five-star running back and Alabama commit Trent Richardson out of Pensacola (Fla.) Escambia. However, right down the street at Pensacola (Fla.) Pine Forest, there is another running back that is turning some heads as well.

Jamarious Green has spent some time on the sidelines during the early going this fall but in his limited time back, he has made up for it.

"We're 4-0 right now," Green said. "During the jamboree I got hurt so I didn't get to play the first game against Pace and the second game I only played five plays. Then the third game against Choctaw I had 208 yards and against Tate I had 115 yards and two touchdowns."

Now that Green is back on the field, he is savoring every carry. His time off was not easy.

"They thought I had torn my meniscus but they said they think it's just an old injury," he said. "It's been feeling good. It was real tough and hard to watch. I was so glad to be able to play again because I've been practicing this whole summer just for this senior season."

Despite the setback and the missed time, Green is not wavering on some goals that he has set for himself this season.

"For myself, I still have to get over 1,500 yards and I have to get at least about 12 touchdowns," he said. "For the team, we plan on winning district first and then winning state."

Though he has no offers yet, Green has been receiving some serious interest from several major colleges.

"I've been talking to the Troy coach and Southern Miss has been writing me," he said. "FAU has been writing me and South Florida has been writing me. I got invited to all the Troy games and all the Florida Atlantic games so I'm probably going to see some of them. I like all of them."

Green is only one half of the "thunder" and "lightening" combo that makes up the Pine Forest backfield. Teammate Shawn Morris has been carrying the load in Green's absence and put up 150 yards and 203 yards respectively in the first two games that Green was injured.

"I'm a versatile running back," he said. "I use my speed and my quickness and I've got some power too. At school I'm known as one of the two-headed monsters. In Pensacola, they've got this think going, it's me and [Shawn Morris]. I'm the lightening and he's the thunder. He's a real good running back. He had to carry the load when I was hurt and he did a real good job."

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