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Although he has never visited the UCLA campus, Eagle’s Landing Christian running back Keyante Green liked the sales pitch from new coach Jim Mora enough to commit to the school on Sunday.
It only took a conversation with new UCLA football coach Jim Mora to convince Eagle’s Landing Christian junior Keyante Green that Los Angeles should be his future destination.
Green, a standout running back/linebacker, spoke with the former Atlanta Falcons coach on Sunday evening. After Mora offered him a scholarship, Green decided to commit.
“I like Jim Mora and what he had to say,” Green said. “He has a lot of coaching experience and he knows the game. It was a good conversation.”
Good enough that Green made his choice without ever visiting the campus.
“That’s no big deal,” he said Wednesday evening when reached by phone. “I trust Coach Mora, and the things he was saying. I’m planning on visiting real soon.”
Green also considered South Carolina and Georgia Tech after being told by Georgia that it has already filled its allotment for running backs during the 2012 recruiting period. At that point, Green decided to look at other options.
“It was no big deal with that situation,” he said. “I’m all right with that. I realize that it is a business and they had to do what they had to. I’m happy with UCLA. I wasn’t expecting an offer, but after he (Mora) did, I was ready to commit. I’m solid with it.”
Green becomes the first junior prospect from the Southern Crescent to commit to a school. He said he wants to finish up his school work in the fall so he can enroll at UCLA next January.
In 2011, former teammate Avery Sebastian enrolled early at California after helping the Chargers to their first Georgia High School Association region title and appearance in the state quarterfinals.
Green rushed for 1,000 yards each of his first seasons at ELCA, but was limited to 970 yards and 16 touchdowns this past season because of injuries. He had 105 tackles, including 21 for losses as a linebacker.
Green said he will play running back in college.
“Coach Mora has a lot of pro experience, so he knows what he is doing,” Green said. “He knows the process.”