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Source: J.J. Green to Georgia Tech

By Matt Osborne
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After deciding to transfer from the University of Georgia, sources report that J.J. Green will enroll at Georgia Tech.

A source close to the situation tell Southern Pigskin that J.J. Green, who recently announced that he is transferring from the University of Georgia, will accept an offer to continue his collegiate eligibility at Georgia Tech.

According to the source, Georgia Tech coaches are scheduled to meet with Green on Sunday afternoon, when Green plans on announcing his intentions to enroll in Atlanta for the 2015 season.

Although many programs prevent players from transferring to rival institutions, Georgia’s Mark Richt has been very gracious in allowing departing players the freedom to choose their subsequent destination. A number of former Georgia players have gone on to play at SEC programs following their departure from Athens. 

Rated as a three-star prospect coming out of Camden County High School in Kingsland, Georgia, Green initially chose to enroll early in Athens over offers from the likes of Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Stanford amongst others. He also was recruited by the Yellow Jackets in high school, receiving an offer from Paul Johnson prior to the start of his senior season. He even took an unofficial visit to Atlanta in March of 2012, approximately one month prior to his verbal pledge to the Bulldogs.

Green was a two-way star in high school, starring as both a defensive back and A-back in Camden’s powerful option attack. He also proved to be an explosive athlete in the return game as well.

Because of his elite athleticism and versatility, Green was recruited at a variety of different positions, depending on the school.

He started his career at Georgia as a running back, where he was initially expected to redshirt during the 2013 season. That would not come to fruition, however, as an impressive summer camp impressed the coaches enough to earn a spot in the rotation in a loaded backfield.

Green would ultimately go from a seldom-used backup with tons of potential to Georgia’s premier back following a string of injuries at the running back position. His first career start came on the road at Tennessee, where he carried the football 17 times for 129 yards. Both of those figures continue to be career highs.

After finishing last season as the Bulldogs’ second-leading rusher, Green moved to defensive back during the offseason. The move was partially motivated by the increasing talent in the Georgia backfield, and partially motivated by the defenses need for capable bodies in the secondary. Due to his versatility, Green was a natural fit for the move.

Green battled for a potential starting position through the duration of summer camp, but ultimately found himself in a reserve role during the regular season.

In a statement released by Georgia at the announcement of Green’s pending transfer, he was made clear that the primary reason for his departure was his desire to play on the offensive side of the football.

Having played the A-back position at an exceptionally high level in high school, there is little concern about his ability to make the transition to Georgia Tech’s explosive spread option attack. At five-foot-nine, 185 pounds, his frame is actually perfectly conducive to success in the Yellow Jackets’ scheme. Former Georgia Tech A-backs Roddy Jones and Robert Godhigh are just two examples of players with similar builds who went on to enjoy very productive careers in Atlanta.

With the Yellow Jackets set to lose five scholarship players who are listed on the roster as A-backs after this season, the opportunity will certainly be available for Green to find his way onto to gridiron early in Atlanta, even though he must sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer policies.

At first glance, it undoubtedly appears that this is a move that will benefit both Green and Georgia Tech immensely moving forward. Green’s agility and overall athleticism should make him a dangerous weapon in an offense that thrives on getting its A-backs the ball on the perimeter.

Coming off of an appearance in the ACC Championship Game, Georgia Tech has already proven that it is capable of competing at an extremely high level.

Now, with a player with Green’s talents set to enter the mix, the future is looking even brighter on the Flats.

Matt Osborne - Matt Osborne currently serves as the director of recruiting and lead editor for Southern Pigskin. His work has been published in a number of national publications, including USA Today. Although he loves all levels of football, Matt's number one joy in his life is his relationship with Jesus Christ. Follow Matt on Twitter: @MattOsborne200. For media requests, please email Matt at matt@southernpigskin.com.