COVINGTON, Ga. — Newton High School has seen players in the past go to some of the best schools in the nation, but when arguably the best head coach of the last decade and arguably of all time pays your school a visit, a special player must be strapping up for you on Friday nights.
That was the case on Thursday, Dec. 12, when Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban paid a visit to Newton Rams head coach Camiel Grant Jr. to check on a special cornerback who has been turning heads since his sophomore year.
That cornerback was none other than junior Nyland Green, who put together another impressive campaign on both sides of the ball for the Rams and was named to Region 8-AAAAAAA’s first team.
For Saban to check in on a recruit just days before early national signing day in his junior year shows the level of talent that Green is, and Grant agrees with that sentiment on Green.
“It definitely speaks to his talent, there are only about five or six teams every year that can compete for a national championship, and Alabama is definitely one of those teams,” Grant said. “You’re talking about the one-percenters of college football being interested in a kid, so he’s now in the top one percent of people at his position in the nation. It tells you that people outside of Covington realize how talented this kid is, and he is extremely talented.”
Green is listed as a defensive back on most recruiting sites, but Grant believes he could even shine at the next level as a power-five receiver if he chose to. The Rams recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach Josh Skelton echoed the sentiments of the Rams head coach on the talented junior cornerback.
Skelton said that there is a belief on Saban’s end that Green is one of “top guys in the country” and complimented his competitiveness.
Green definitely shined as one of the top defensive backs in the county this past season, and it’s no surprise that he has received this praise and is receiving this much recruiting attention.
Green has alread locked up a plethora of power-five offers in his junior and sophomore season and could be on the cusp for more in the coming weeks. With Michigan and Oklahoma being his two most recent offers, it’s fair to say that Green’s outstanding play this season has garnered the attention of some of the nation’s top programs.
With impressive back-to-back campaigns for the Rams, Green will be one that everyone in the county, state and country will keep their eyes on for the upcoming season.
Green still has plenty of time before making his decision and has stated that he has no top group as of right now, but with offers from Clemson, Georgia, Oklahoma, and others, he will have plenty of options and an even tougher decision to make if Saban offers in the future.