Physicality Headlines 4-Star Houston Heights CB Jalen Green’s Skill Set

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In what’s arguably the most talented defensive back class to emerge from Texas throughout the modern era, Houston Heights cornerback Jalen Green among the very best.

Nearly every major football program within the the state’s borders have extended offers, as have upwards of 30-plus other programs from around the nation. A four-star prospect, Green is currently slotted as the nation’s No. 11 cornerback and the No. 2 cornerback in Texas, trailing just five-star Houston Lamar product Anthony Cook. In a class where Cook is 1A, Green continues to cement himself as 1B.

At 6’1, 174 pounds, Green already possesses an exceptionally physical frame and houses the skill set to match. Green has superb length for a cornerback that allows him to not only cause problems in coverage, but serve as a nuisance at the line of scrimmage. The latter is arguably Green’s most impressive quality at this point in his progression.

When matched against Green, a wide receiver’s tallest task is often simply getting off the line of scrimmage and into his route. More times than not, Green looks to jam a receiver from the snap; many of which get outright overmatched and overwhelmed. This aggressive style is a clear representation of Green’s increasingly apparent confidence. While jamming receivers at the line can put a defensive back in a inopportune position when a high-level receiver breaks free, which often gives the receiver a step or two advantage, Green has shown the ability to flip his hips and utilize his speed to recover tremendously well.

In coverage, the U.S. Army All-American is nothing of a lockdown defender that can be left on an island with little-to-no consequence. Green possesses the awareness to locate the ball in the air and he’s fairly sure-handed when he’s able to make a play on the ball. Having played quarterback throughout his high school career surely helps Green have a firm grasp of the quarterback-receiver relationship and how to disrupt that, as well.

Top to bottom, Green is a versatile and tenacious prospect who thrives in run and pass coverage, regardless of where he’s lined up in the secondary. He’s the type of talent that will jam a receiver at the line of scrimmage, shed a separate blocker and deliver a big hit in the backfield all in one play.

That said, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Green currently holds 37 offers and has programs such as Texas, LSU, Clemson, Alabama, USC, Ohio State and Oklahoma are among those vying for his services.

 

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