Jalen Green is considered one of the top area recruits in the class of 2018, and now one of the Heights’ own local stars appears to be headed west in pursuit of a dream.
On Friday, July 21, Green, a Heights High School cornerback and four-star recruit, gave his verbal commitment to the University of Texas at Austin via his Twitter account. The soon-to-be Heights senior had received offers from schools in conferences such as the SEC, Pac 12, Big 12 and the American Conference, from schools like Texas to Alabama and the defending national champion Clemson Tigers. Green is ranked as the nation’s No. 53 player, No. 9 corner and the No. 5 player in Texas according to 247 Sports Composite.
From more than 30 offers in total, Green had previously narrowed down his choices to Texas, Oregon, LSU, Ohio State and Penn State before choosing the 40 Acres.
“The coaches bring it,” he told 247Sports. “I like Coach (Tom) Herman and what he is doing with the program.”
Now a senior leader and team captain heading into his final season, Green has been on Heights’ varsity team full-time since he was a sophomore and even played a couple varsity games as a freshman according to Head Coach Stephen Dixon — immediately signaling an immense talent.
“Kids don’t come here and play on the varsity in the 9th or 10th grade unless they’ve got something special,” he said.
Dixon has overseen Green’s growth from a quiet freshman to a player he said now not only leads by example, but has become a more vocal, accountable leader for his squad both on and off the field.
“It makes me feel good that we’ve developed a player that can be on the level he’s at, not only as a player but as a young man — it makes we want to continue to grow and grind and help all these other boys become just like him.”
Grind never stops
As recently as Tuesday, many students (and some athletes) could likely be found enjoying those extra hours of sleep or the activity they’re not afforded the time to do while school is in session. But Green? He was already up at the school, pounding out reps in the weight room and relentlessly working to improve on the field.
“It shows me a lot. You’ve got a four or five-star kid that probably has people pulling him in different directions trying to get him to work out with other four and five-star guys,” Dixon said. “It makes me proud he understands that being out here with his teammates and brothers, who he’s going to give blood, sweat and tears with on the field is most important.”
Such a work ethic, that burning desire to always improve (while doing the same for his teammates), Dixon said, is ingrained in Green and has long been evident despite his superstar status on a local (and now national) stage.
“He’s one of the most unselfish people you could ever meet, and cares more about teammates than he does himself. He’s one of those kids who wants to see his teammates succeed more so than himself,” he said. “He understands the concept of all of that, and wants to make sure he’s out there with his family more so than working out on his own. Ultimately, he’s the type of guy you want in your program.”