Green signs with Presbyterian

May. 20, 2013 @ 11:56 PM

Kevin Green could have played any number of sports. He’s that talented of an athlete.

During his high school career, he’s been on the basketball and track teams — and even the golf team. But, throughout his prep career, he wanted to be a college football player.

That’s why Green, a standout defensive back at High Point Central, has signed to continue his career at Presbyterian College at the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision level.

“It’s been a goal of mine since my 10th-grade year to play Division I football,” says Green, the son of Kevin and Sharon and brother of Sharonda, who played basketball at Appalachian State. “I accomplished it, so it feels great.”

He started playing football at 6 years old when his dad, who also played football in college and was Green’s first coach, signed him up. Basketball was his first love growing up. But when he came to Central, he focused more on football. 

He was determined to work hard, both during the offseason to prepare himself — growing from 5-foot-4 with no muscle early on, he says, to now 5-foot-11, 180 pounds — and during the season to ready himself for games. 

“In my ninth-grade year, I said that I wanted to be one of those players that coaches come talk to,” he says. “You’ve got to do work when nobody else wants to. It’s something that if you want to play in college, especially Division I, you can’t stop.

“You have to prepare yourself, and you can’t just do that during the season. So, going to run in the morning, then going to school and working out during school and after school — it doesn’t seem difficult when you love the sport.”

But during his junior year — a key year for recruiting — Green suffered an ankle injury during the third game and sat out for the rest of the season. But he continued to work, rehabbing through the winter and running track in the spring.

Then, just before his senior season, the Bison coaches needed him to switch from cornerback to safety. Green, who was a team captain, embraced the new position and played well — well enough to still earn D-I looks while coming off an injury.

“Kevin’s done a great job coming in, learning our system and playing wherever we ask him to play,” Central coach Wayne Jones says. “He didn’t always play the position he wanted to play, but he did a good job wherever we asked him to play.

“He’s just one of those kids who’s worked hard, he’s a good student and just a good character person. All those things paid off for him. … He cared about what he was trying to do and what he wanted to accomplish, and he worked to come back.”

During his recruitment, Green got looks from schools including Appalachian State, Marist and a couple Division II schools. But he decided on Presbyterian, where his friend Ed Britt and Southwest Guilford’s Ryan Bristow also play.

“It felt like where I needed to be,” says Green, who wants to study engineering or business management. “They were very sincere about everything. … I’m just thankful I’m going to a great school. And I just thank God for the opportunity to play football.”