Cameron Green’s full focus is on the Stevenson High School football team, but before the Patriots’ season began last month, the 2015 Illinois wide receiver made another trip down to South Bend to check out Notre Dame.
“It was pretty cool,” the 6-foot-1, 190-pound junior said. “It was a great experience going through their film studies and getting to talk to the coaches and some of the players and getting to see their second practice of two-a-days.
“I learned they like to work hard. Their work ethic is unreal. Every single play they have, they go 100 percent. The coaches are always on top of everything, I saw that too.”
The film studies gave Green a chance to see how he’d fit in the Irish offense.
“Blocking-wise, they like their receivers to be very aggressive,” he said. “They also like their receivers to attack the ball when they throw it whether it’s a jumpball or a short route. I’d fit in doing those two things mostly, but also character. They have a lot of character as receivers and they’re leaders on the field, so I’d fit in with that as well.”
Green landed his first offer on Sept, 1st, from Toledo, and is also receiving serious interest from schools like Michigan, Michigan State, Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa among others.
The son of former Irish running back Mark Green, he’s been to South Bend several times, but recently it’s been as a recruit. This has given the younger Green the chance to start building a relationship with the current Irish staff.
“I’ve been there many times over the past couple years,” he said. “It helps a lot. I feel like the coaches are almost like a second family to me. They like to talk about how I play in games, what’s going on with my life and I get to know what goes on in their lives too. Knowing the coaching staff and them knowing me too, it fits very well with this recruiting process.”
But his next trip to South Bend will be two-fold.
“I’m going to the game on Oct. 19th with my dad,” said Green. “I think it’s the ’88 championship team’s 25th anniversary, so I’m going to go back there with him.
“I think it’s going to be a pretty cool experience. Not only do the coaches acknowledge me, but they’re going to acknowledge my dad. I’ll get to meet some of his teammates and hopefully they’ll talk to me about what they did on their team. That’ll mean a lot because they were a national championship team and they know what they’re talking about.”
He doesn’t have any other trips planned just yet.
“I’m not really planning it out too much,” said Green. “I’m more focused on our team than colleges.”
After a 15-14 loss in the season-opener to Indian Trail, Stevenson is looking forward to getting back on the field Friday against Homewood-Flossmoor.
“This week coming up is a big game because we lost to them by a touchdown last year, so we’re trying to get payback,” he said.
The Patriots have high expectations for the season and have an idea of how to accomplish their goals.
“We’re just trying to be the best that we can be every single play out there and go 100 percent on every snap,” he said.
And Green’s goal is to make his team better.
“This year, I definitely want to work on being a leader on and off the field. Talking to my teammates, trying to not only be a teammate, but one of their best friends, I’ve been working on that a lot and I’d like to show that off this year.”