Green could have quick impact at corner

dcloninger@thestate.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Wesley Green

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

— It was strongly assumed, then a near-100-percent probability.

Yet, South Carolina had to wait until the evening of National Signing Day to get the no-turning-back-now definite. As he announced live on TV, four-star cornerback Wesley Green is a Gamecock.

"I like coach Spurrier and coach Brown," he said. "Me and coach Brown have developed a relationship and he coached one of my favorite cornerbacks, Patrick Peterson. We have this thing we're trying to start, the new Legion of Boom."

Green, who committed to USC in June but decommitted in September, saying that he had jumped the gun on his decision, again chose the Gamecocks after a late push from Georgia. Green had been thought to be swinging to USC and when he canceled a trip to Georgia last week (although a family situation had a lot to do with that), the Gamecocks began to feel very strongly about their chances.

"I first made the decision in the summer," he said. "I loved every aspect of South Carolina. I met with the players and coaches and that's where I wanted to be."

Close friend and longtime USC commit Bryson Allen-Williams was in Green’s ear, by phone and in person. Being just a few miles away at Cedar Grove High School, Allen-Williams is tight with Green and was preaching the Gamecocks’ strengths to him.

A big part of that was the chance to play pretty soon. USC lost both of its starting cornerbacks in Jimmy Legree and Victor Hampton, and cornerback was a big need for the class. Ranked 17th at his position in the country, Green could challenge to immediately be a part of Lorenzo Ward’s defense.

He kept it pretty quiet leading up to Wednesday, although Allen-Williams said he talked with Green on Monday and got an assurance. “He just said that he was ready to be a Gamecock,” Allen-Williams said.

On Wednesday, Green showed up to school in a gray suit with a garnet tie. He said he had made a decision between USC and Georgia but was going to keep it quiet until his TV announcement.

Again, the clues. “I talked to coach Steve Spurrier yesterday and talked to coach Mark Richt a few days ago,” Green said.

The news was good for USC.

“Today started off a great day already, had a flip commitment from Nebraska (Blake McClain), so I just feel great today,” Allen-Williams said early Wednesday, also proving prophetic when it came to the case of cornerback Chris Lammons and defensive tackle Dexter Wideman. “I probably think we’re going to get all three guys left on the board.”

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