Green commits to UAB
by LAVONTE YOUNG
Sylacauga standout TJ Green verbally committed to UAB last Thursday. Green commitment to the Blazers made him the first Sylacauga player to commit to a Division I school in over a decade.

“At the beginning of football season, they were the first one to come watch me play,” Green said. “I have been going down there all year. I have been going to game and doing stuff like I was basically already apart of the team.”

When Green told UAB head coach Garrett McGee about commitment to the green and gold, the second year coach was ecstatic.

“He said I made his day,” Green said.

Big Play TJ Green lived up to his name all season. The 6-foot-3 senior made huge plays in almost every phase of the game. In his first game back from injury, he ran the opening kick off back 86-yard for a touchdown. He also returned a interception 47-yards for a touchdown. Against John Carroll, he had the game - winning 67-yard touchdown. The next week, Green caught an 80-yard touchdown on the Aggies first play of the game. In his limited role as a receiver this season he had an average of 23 yards per reception against mostly double coverage.

Even though teams tried to kick the ball away from him, Green was still able to make amazing returns.

Against Talladega, he muffed a punt, but was able to gain his balance after being hit and he returned the punt for 49-yard touchdown. He also showed his speed with an 89-yard kick off return against Comer.

“I didn’t get the ball that much, but when I do get it I know what I can do,” Green said. “Now, I can get more opportunities to get the ball, I can make more plays happen.”

Green used social media to announce his decision. On his Twitter page he had letters from Auburn and Missouri, but UAB letter was on top.

“I pretty much had my mind set on UAB,” Green said. “I was waiting on Auburn to get in the picture. I’m just committed, something could change, but right now I am committed to UAB. That’s really where I want to be.”

With the Blazers graduating two of their top receivers, Green may have a chance to contribute immediate.

“I bring a deep threat, which is what all colleges need, Green said. “I am the homerun player that they are looking for. They have a good running game, they just need a receiver that can go deep and balance out the offense.”

Staying close to his family also played a part in his decision to go to UAB. Green will also be closer to the person that motivates him the most his brother, D’Morrise Bledsoe who plays running back at Samford.

“Like I said a couple of weeks ago, me and my brother go at it, so that makes me keep getting better,” Green said. “That drives to be as good or better.”

© 2012