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Florida State had a need for at least one all-purpose tailback in the 2013 class and Ryan Green certainly fills that role.
With James Wilder, Jr. and Devonta Freeman returning to the running back rotation as the only players on this year’s team with any experience, adding depth and playmaking ability that Green brings from St. Petersburg Catholic was one of National Signing Day’s more important developments.
Green will join a tailback corps that also has Mario Pender, but the redshirt freshman has yet to play a down of college football yet. With just four true tailbacks on the roster — and only Chad Abram as the lone returning fullback — Green will have the chance to earn immediate playing time once he gets to Tallahassee this summer.
“A very dynamic athlete,” FSU offensive assistant Randy Sanders said. “A tremendous basketball player, track athlete, has done a lot of different things while he was in high school as far as positions. I think he can be the kind of running back that we all want. He’s the kind of running back that makes you look like a really good football coach.”
Green was considered by 247Sports.com to be the nation’s top all-purpose tailback in this class and his speed, ability inside and outside the tackles, vision and ability as a receiver will be a welcome addition to the roster. With Freeman and Wilder, Jr. both entering their junior years, he’ll also be important for the future of the position moving forward.
“Tremendous lower body with great hands,” FSU coach Jimbo Fisher said. “You can flex him out and put him out in the slot and you can run him. I think he’s excellent and a tremendous young man.”
Green publicly gave a verbal pledge to Florida State June 15, 2012 and remained firm in that decision despite heavy interest from some of the nation’s top programs. The only official visit he took during the recruiting process was to FSU.
He also chose to stick with the Seminoles despite the loss of running backs coach Eddie Gran, who left the program when he accepted the offensive coordinator position at Cincinnati.
“The kid never wavered,” Sanders said. “You get a new position [and] and a number of different coaching changes but the kid never waved in his commitment and i think that speaks volumes about him as well as the type of parents he has.”
“Looking forward to all of the different things he’ll be able to do for us,” Sanders added. “Not only as a ball carrier but as a receiver out of the backfield and hopefully as a kick returner.”
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