USC commit Wesley Green brings 'lock-down mentality'

Special to GoGamecocksJune 26, 2013 

Wesley Green

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South Carolina landed two its top defensive back targets last weekend, starting with cornerback Wesley Green's commitment on Friday.

Green (5-11, 170) plays for Martin Luther King High in Lithonia, Ga.

The four-star cornerback became South Carolina's sixth pledge for the class of 2014. Summerville High's Darin Smalls followed with his commitment on Saturday.

Green picked the Gamecocks over Clemson, Ole Miss, Tennessee and Georgia. He visited USC on June 14 with his father and it was after that visit that he publicly identified the Gamecocks as his favorite.

Green is the 18th best cornerback in the country and 15th overall player from Georgia, according to 247Composite, which factors in all network rankings.

Green has eight interceptions over the past two seasons. He plans to take in his first USC game this season.

He also will take part at Nike's The Opening in Oregon and had planned to make his announcement there.

Talk about how you feel after making your commitment.

I feel really great. It's always a good time to be a Gamecock. It feels pretty good to finally get this weight off my shoulders about my recruiting process and to finally be able to say that I'm a Gamecock.

What was it about the visit with your dad that moved USC to the front?

The campus itself. Me and my dad we walked around, they showed us the academic facility. My dad absolutely loved that because they want us to graduate. You have every resource that you need to graduate. I also did my research on South Carolina. They sell out games. I love to see fans cheering us on. It brings a big lift to me. I also talked to the coaches a lot. They were upfront with us. It was just an all-around good visit.

When the recruiting process began, where was USC initially on that early list?

They were always in my top list for school choices because of the mentality that South Carolina had with their defenses.

When did the decision get made? Was it clear-cut decision?

It was pretty clear-cut. Me, my brother and my dad sat down and we talked about the colleges, what they bring to the table and how they can help me in the future and we just decided South Carolina had everything that I've been looking for. The coaches, the name of course and the school itself. It was just a good vibe that we also loved about it. So, South Carolina wasn't very hard to pick for me.

Why not wait until The Opening as you had planned?

It just felt good. I wanted to get it out of the way. I wanted to put that target on my back so when I got to Oregon everybody knows, 'Wesley Green, he's committed to South Carolina, I want to go against him.' I want to go there so people can try my side, to let them know that Wesley Green is a top-notch DB who's going to South Carolina. It was a way for me to get my name out there and to finally become a Gamecock.

What do you like about secondary coach Grady Brown and what did he tell you about how you might do at USC?

He said I could be a very big impact at South Carolina. He reminded me a lot of my DB coach and how we already have that type of communication. I feel myself being comfortable playing for him. He coached Patrick Peterson and Patrick Peterson is one of my all time favorite players. I talked with Patrick Peterson about how his coaching style is. He told me he pushes you. He's going to help you learn and he's going to enhance your abilities. It just felt right.

Tell us about you as a cornerback.

I bring the lock-down mentality. I'm confident in my abilities. Whoever comes in front of me, I know they're not going to do anything spectacular on me. I'm going to make sure that the quarterback fears my side. I just know it's going to be lock-down. I bring a doglike mentality to whatever field I step on. When I got to South Carolina it's not going to be any different. It's going to up my level of play just because I'm at South Carolina.

You've never been beaten deep by a receiver?

One time. Well, three times. I was in ninth grade and ever since then, it hasn't happened. I've matured and I've grown up.

Talk about all Georgia players - especially Bryson Allen-Williams - working together to get more Georgia players to come to South Carolina.

We want to go there and want to feel comfortable. Me and him are already building a relationship with each other. We want to start getting more guys from Georgia who can play. Hopefully they do this before us, but when we get there we want to bring South Carolina its first SEC championship and hopefully its first BCS championship.

Other schools will keep recruiting you. Do you plan to take visits?

I plan to shut it down. South Carolina is where I want to be and where I want to go. Gamecock Nation, baby.

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