It didn’t take New Brockton football coach Jim Bob Striplin long to realize Chris Green is a special athlete.
“He’s been a solid staple of the program since he was in ninth grade,” Striplin said. “The minute I had a chance to meet him and evaluate him I knew he was going to be something big for us.”
Green did not disappoint during his time at New Brockton, and now has the chance to make his presence felt at the next level.
The 2012 graduate, who also played basketball and baseball for the Gamecocks, earned an academic scholarship to Huntingdon College and will play football for the Hawks.
“They are looking at me at multiple positions,” Green said. “I could get some work at safety, and I’m looking at getting some work at running back and wide receiver as well.”
Being called upon to fill multiple roles is nothing new for the New Brockton standout.
“He started as a ninth grader at wide receiver,” Striplin said. “(When he was in) 10th grade we played him at wide receiver and running back. In 11th and 12th grade he started at quarterback, not to mention his play on defense and special teams.”
A four-year starter on both sides of the ball, Green plans to use his experience as a signal caller as an advantage in college.
“You know where the holes are in the defense,” he said. “You know where the quarterback is thinking (of going with the ball). That gives me an advantage (if) I’m on the defensive side of the ball to kind of know what he’s thinking and see what he’s reading.”
The experience Green gained on offense and defense while playing for the Gamecocks has prepared him to play in college.
“He possessed the qualities to play quarterback, but at the same time moving on to the next level some schools have certain things they look for in a quarterback that Chris might not have had the chance to develop fully being a multi-dimensional player,” Striplin said. “We started him early. I knew he was going to be interested in playing in college so I tried to give him a chance to develop in several areas, which ultimately gave him a better chance to play at the next level.”
Huntingdon proved to be the prime place for Green to hone his skills.
“I just liked the atmosphere (when) I visited, the people (and) everything,” he said. “I think it’s a great fit for me.”
New Brockton has been a great fit for Green as well.
“He’s the kind of player (who) comes through here once every 15 (or) 20 years,” Striplin said. “We’re really fortunate to have had a chance to coach (him) and watch him develop over the years. We are really going to miss him over here (at New Brockton).”
Playing for the Gamecocks has provided Green with special memories.
“It’s something I’ll take to my grave and I’ll hold really close to my heart,” he said. “When I put that Gamecock jersey on Friday night, (there’s) nothing better in this world to me.”
While he plans to work diligently in the classroom, Green is thankful for the opportunity to fulfill a longtime dream playing football.
“As a kid that’s all I really thought about was football,” he said. “I get the opportunity to play somewhere so I’m grateful.”