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This East Central football star didn’t hesitate when he received his first FBS offer

East Central offensive lineman Wyatt Green makes a block against Poplarville.
East Central offensive lineman Wyatt Green makes a block against Poplarville. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

East Central offensive lineman Wyatt Green didn't hesitate Monday afternoon when he received his first scholarship offer from an FBS program.

The senior verbally committed to South Alabama during a visit from new USA head coach Steve Campbell and assistant Chad Huff.

“I was kind of nervous,” Green said. “They came down today and told me I had an offer. It happened that quickly. I committed right there on the spot. I've been to a lot of schools and South Alabama was my favorite one. For South Alabama to be the only one to offer, it meant a lot.”

Green was left speechless by the offer.

“He asked me a question and I couldn't talk to him,” he said. “I waited for an offer for months and it comes a week before signing day (on Feb. 7). It's crazy.”

The 6-foot-3, 295-pound offensive tackle was a member of the 2017 Sun Herald All-South Mississippi Team and had multiple junior colleges pursuing him. Prior to Monday, Green's only offer from a four-year school was from Div. II Arkansas-Monticello.

East Central head coach Seth Smith sees Green as a good fit in the South Alabama offense.

“I think it helps a lot going to play for a guy like coach Campbell,” Smith said. “They have a balanced offense, but their run game is power oriented. He fits coach Campbell's coaching style. He felt like it would be a good transition from what we do. He's powerful, explosive.”

Green began to hear from South Alabama after Huff was hired on Dec. 11 as the program's tight ends coach.

Green and East Central senior running back Tony Brown are scheduled to make official visits this weekend at South Alabama.

Campbell and Huff have deep Coast ties. Huff, a former East Central football star, was the head coach at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College from 2014-17 and Campbell held the same position for the 10 years prior.

USA hired Campbell after a four-year stint at Central Arkansas, where he had a record of 33-15.

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