Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007. He also hosts Recruiting Thursday each Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. statewide.
Oklahoma WR big on talent
Receiver Dahu Green, who plans to visit Arkansas on Saturday, believes he has the skills of a smaller receiver in his big body.
“I think that’s what separates me,” Green said. “I think I have the shorter guy’s type of abilities more so than other big receivers. I use my height and I’m a little more athletic and not clumsy like other big receivers normally are.”
Green, 6-4, 193, 4.59 seconds in the 40 yard dash, of Westmoore High School in Oklahoma City played his first season on the varsity level last season and had 40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior. He moved to Oklahoma from California in the middle of the fall semester of his sophomore year. Video highlights CLICK HERE
Westmoore Coach Patrick McKay realized Green had a chance to play at a high level during spring practice.
“Physically he’s gifted, but you really don’t know until you see him in pads,” McKay said. “I call a lot of people off-season All Americans. They’re really good in the weight room and on the track, but when you put the pads on they’re a different type of kid. That’s when we first started to notice it.”
Green has scholarship offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Washington State, Southern Miss, Arkansas State, Cincinnati and Tulsa. He’s been in communication with receivers coach Michael Smith and is hoping to see the Hogs join his offer list.
“He said he was going to show the OC my film,” Green said. “I think he said they like it.”
Last season was Green’s first year to play on the varsity level. McKay said Green has excellent leaping ability and excels at catching the ball at it’s highest point.
“That’s the most impressive thing, once he figures out how to play this game I think he has a chance to be really, really special,” McKay said.
Unsure on a major, Green is considering his options.
"Anything dealing with animals,” he said.
Green has numerous things he desires in his future college.
“A big school, nice campus,” Green said. “I want to like the coaches. I want to go up there and check it out with the guys on an official. I want a nice fan base, nice jerseys. I want my major to be at the school. I want education to be a big part of it too.I don’t want them to just let their players just slack off.”
Westmoore competes in Class 6A, the highest classification in Oklahoma.
“We made it to the state semi-finals and he was going up against some good competition,” McKay said.
Green is a well-rounded student-athlete.
“He always has a smile on his face,” McKay said. “He’s a super locker room guy. He’s not an attention grabber. He’s just one of the guys. Just another guy in the hallway another guy in the locker room and another guy on the practice field.”
McKay said Green’s attitude was contagious while attending a team camp at Tulsa during last summer.
“They just kind of gravitate to him,” McKay said. “He can talk to anybody. He’s just a personable type of kid.”