Four-star Texas Longhorns cornerback target Jalen Green entered Saturday’s Nike The Opening Regional in Houston as the nation’s No. 11 cornerback and performed at a level much higher than his ranking. If Anthony Cook was 1A in regards to best defensive back performances, Green was 1B.
From yesterday, Anthony Cook & Jalen Green. Both headed to The Opening Finals. BJ Foster getting some camera work. Major #HookEm targets. pic.twitter.com/GWUNgmGWP4— Cody Daniel (@CodyDanielSBN) February 5, 2017
2018 Heights CB Jalen Green ( @jaygreen__ ) with the INT pic.twitter.com/OLmVg1FkMt— J.Hamilton (@JoeHamilton247) February 4, 2017
One of the best performers from the entire event, the 6’1, 171-pound Green gave receivers fits all afternoon and displayed elite physicality at the line of scrimmage and in coverage. A handful of wide receivers couldn’t even get into their routes.
Jalen Green with an impressive jam pic.twitter.com/nZz9QHsDed— Amos Morale III (@Amos_MoraleIII) February 4, 2017
After his showing, Green picked up an invitation to the Nike The Opening Finals.
With 32 offers to date — a list that will certainly continue to grow — programs such as USC, Texas, LSU, Clemson, TCU, Arkansas, Oregon State and Penn State all covet the aggressive press corner.
Green told Burnt Orange Nation that LSU, Oklahoma State, Clemson and Penn State are among the programs sticking out in his recruitment at the moment, before adding, “It’s a lot.”
The program looking to land the Houston Heights product will need to offer much more than playing time and an NFL future, as Green said “I’m really leaning academics,” as a key factor — Green will major in health science.
As far as Texas is concerned, Green said the staff wants him on campus for Junior Day and feel his aggressiveness at the point of attack will allow him to fit in with the current abundance of talent in the secondary.
Some clips from Saturday's @TheOpening Houston Regional...Here's #ESPNJr300 CB Jalen Green in Cat & Mouse: pic.twitter.com/WrRO3cUbRd— Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr) February 6, 2017
A quiet prospect whose game speaks for itself on the field, Green picked up a Texas offer Jan. 9 and, much like Cook, he’s a prospect the staff can’t let slip out of state lines.
Green ranks as the nation’s No. 62 player and the No. 2 cornerback in the state, per the 247Sports Composite.