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ELCA's Green 'determined' to show talent in all-star game

Jeff Hurndon Photography Eagle’s Landing Christian running back Keyante Green, who rushed for 970 yards this past season, says he wants to show want he can do against other top recruited players in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl on Friday. 

Jeff Hurndon Photography Eagle’s Landing Christian running back Keyante Green, who rushed for 970 yards this past season, says he wants to show want he can do against other top recruited players in the AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl on Friday. 

Eagle’s Landing Christian running back/linebacker Keyante Green has spoken with Grayson standout Robert Nkemdiche a few times on Facebook. He has watched the massive defensive lineman play.

This week, Green will finally get to meet the player regarded as the top junior in the state when they become teammates. The two will play together on the East squad in the second AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl at Grady Stadium this Friday.

The game matches the top junior players in the state.

“I’m looking forward to talking with Robert,” said Green, who is slated to play running back in the game. “I think it is going to be pretty fun playing in that game.”

Green is one of six players from the Southern Crescent who got an invitation to play in the 7 p.m. game. Also playing on the East squad is Green’s ELCA teammate, Isaac Rochell. Representing the West squad will be Lovejoy teammates Arshad Jackson (wide receiver) and Travis Custis (running back).

They will be joined by Jonesboro wide receiver Cameron Sutton and Dutchtown offensive tackle Jordan Harris.

ELCA coach Jonathan Gess will assist on the East squad, which is led by Stephenson coach Ron Gartrell. Mike Rozier, who stepped down as the Henry County coach last week, and Riverdale coach Olten Downs will work on the West staff.

Downs’ former boss, Dell McGee of Carver-Columbus, will be the head coach of the West squad.

The players and coaches reported for weeklong workouts and clinics on Monday.

After missing several games with a leg injury, Green said he is “very determined” show what he can do against some top caliber competition. He rushed for 970 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season, despite missing five games.

The 5-foot-9, 195-pounder already has 13 college offers from several top schools, including Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Pitt and South Carolina.

“Some people will say Class A ball is not as good as the other classifications,” Green said. “I want to show people how good we are.”

In his first two seasons on the varsity level, as a freshman in 2009 and a sophomore in 2010, Green rushed for over 1,000 yards. After his team’s tough Class A semifinal loss to region rival Landmark Christian, Green said he is ready to get back on the field.

“You never want to end your season with a loss,” Green said. “I’m definitely looking forward to this game.”