By Nathan Farmer @nlfarmer1
With National Signing Day coming up, the BYU Football coaching staff is hard at work recruiting the next generation of Cougars to step in and fill the shoes of departing players. Defensive backs coach Jernaro Gilford extended an offer last week to three-star DB Korbyn Green out of Owasso High School in Oklahoma.
The highly-touted recruit has received interest from the likes of Oklahoma, TCU, and Baylor, but BYU is his first FBS offer. Green sat down with Ben Criddle on ESPN 960 to discuss his home visit with Coach Gilford, his recruitment and what’s stood out to him about BYU so far.
“We talked a little bit about football, and him having attended BYU, he was able to give me an inside look on it,” said Green. “He told me things I might’ve not heard from other coaches. He told me all the pros and cons about it and just gave me an honest opinion about the school. Everything he said I liked.”
— KG🌴 (@KorbynGreen) January 21, 2022
Green played his freshman through junior seasons at Booker T. Washington High School in nearby Tulsa, but decided to transfer to Owasso High School to get better exposure and to learn from better coaches. Green pointed to two coaches, NFL veteran Dominique Franks and former Tulsa Golden Hurricane Dwight Dobbins, as key contributors in getting him to where he is now as an athlete.
Korbyn’s mother has been with him every step of the way through the recruiting process, and without her guiding influence he might’ve never found his way onto a football field.
“She taught me how to work hard. She taught me how to make sacrifices for the things you want and taught me how to chase the things you want. One thing I’ve always wanted to be able to tell my mom is that you don’t have to pay for my college. With that being said, BYU is able to make that happen, along with a couple other universities. My mom was actually the one that made me play football. I didn’t want to play at first, but I fell in love with the game.”
Green is relatively new to the game, having started playing football in the 8th grade, and has bounced around at a few positions before settling in at cornerback.
“On film, what I feel like what really shows is my press man coverage. I feel like I can run and guard with anybody. I had to guard a lot of great guys this past season and I was able to show that I could do that. I was able to get a couple of interceptions, but one thing that I do want to work on this offseason is my ball skills.”
Korbyn Green is confident in his coverage skills. (Photo courtesy of Korbyn Green)
Green is also a dual-sport athlete, running track in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and relay races. Academics have been a major key in the decision making process, and he made sure to emphasize that he is a student first and an athlete second. Green plans to major in construction management and follow in his grandfather and uncle’s footsteps in the construction industry.
Green is already making connections with his potential future teammates, having reached out to BYU commit Maika Kaufusi, among others. Korbyn believes he can be an impact player from day one, and expects to see action in the 2022 season wherever he plays.
“I want to be able to come in and make an impact as a freshman. I want to be able to be one of the best DB’s and lead whatever squad I go to. Wherever I go, I just want to be the best.”
Korbyn plans on taking his official visit on Thursday, Jan. 27.
You can listen to the full interview with Korbyn below.
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