Nebraska may not offer a scholarship to any quarterback in the 2015 recruiting class, but Husker coaches are pursuing a top name for a walk-on spot: Kansas City Rockhurst quarterback T.J. Green, whose dad is former Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green.
Offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf was in Kansas City on Monday to see T.J. Green, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder. Langsdorf offered Green a walk-on spot. Rockhurst coach Tony Severino — who has sent Rockhurst alums Michael Rose-Ivey and Zach Hannon to Nebraska in recent years — said Green will consider the offer along with a grayshirt offer from Wake Forest. Green has turned down several FCS offers, including one to North Dakota State, which just won another FCS title. He also visited Stanford to consider a preferred walk-on spot there last weekend.
“He can make all the throws you want to make,” Severino said. “And he can run Mike Riley’s offense.”
More important, Severino said, he thinks Green will grow.
His dad — a standout at Indiana before playing in the NFL — was 6-foot-3, 205 pounds during his NFL career. T.J. Green is smaller, but should only be a junior in age, Severino said. T.J. Green has big hands and size 14 feet, Severino said, so there's probably room to grow. T.J. Green threw for 2,638 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior and was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri.
His dad — a standout at Indiana before playing in the NFL — was 6-foot-3, 205 pounds during his NFL career. T.J. Green is smaller, but should only be a junior in age, Severino said. Green has big hands and size 14 feet, Severino said, so there’s probably room to grow. He threw for 2,638 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior and was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Missouri.
“He doesn’t even shave yet,” Severino quipped. “He’s a baby-faced guy.”
He’s also smart. Green has a 4.21 grade-point average at Rockhurst. Severino said one reason Green is looking at FBS programs instead of FCS schools is the difference in educations. Nebraska has a strong academic reputation, Severino said.
The Huskers also have a history of upgrading walk-on quarterbacks to scholarships. Omaha Westside alum Ron Kellogg got a scholarship before his career was up, as did Grand Island graduate Ryker Fyfe, who backed up starter Tommy Armstrong last season.
Green is one of several high school players participating in International Bowl 2015. He’s on Team USA’s Select Team, which plays the International Federation of American Football World Team Saturday at AT&T Stadium. Because of his commitments there, he wasn’t available for immediate comment. Severino said the Green family may visit Lincoln on Sunday.
Here's Green's Hudl highlights video: