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Atascocita’s Kenyon Green, Texas’ top recruit, signs with Aggies

December 20, 2018

When Kenyon Green woke up on the first day of the early signing period he felt relieved.

Green and his family said they are excited that the senior Atascocita offensive lineman is able to make his commitment to play football at Texas A&M University official.

Green signed his National Letter of Intent with the Aggies on Wednesday, Dec. 19 and celebrated with his family, friends, coaches and teammates at the Eagle Springs Clubhouse in Atascocita.

“There’s a lot of happy vibes around the house,” said Green, who is the No. 1 recruit in Texas, according to the 247sports.com. “There’s a weight off my parent’s shoulders, knowing that they don’t have to pay for my college.”

The five-star offensive lineman chatted with offensive line coach Jim Turner and Aggies head football coach Jimbo Fisher after he sent in his letter of intent.

“They were excited,” said Green of Turner and Fisher’s reaction over the phone. “It’s a good feeling that I’m going to Texas A&M, and I’m ready to get to work. They’re both excited for me to get down there.”

Turner was one of the keys to Green committing to the Aggies.

“A turning factor in Kenyon’s recruitment was having coach Turner on the staff,” said Henry Green, Kenyon’s father. “Coach Turner was very important in this whole process. He actually sat down with Kenyon and explained to him everything he needed to know.”

Kenyon said he likes the way Turner has the ability to get the best out of his offensive linemen, including some who have gone on to the NFL.

“Coach Turner is a hard-nosed coach,” Kenyon said. “He’s a military style coach, and I like that. I can’t have a coach that’s nice to me, and I have never had that. I’m glad that I got a chance to know coach Turner more.”

Kenyon committed back to Texas A&M in June, but coaches were still making their last-minute pitches to get the No. 2 offensive tackle in the country.

“It was hard at first because you really don’t have time for yourself,” Kenyon said. “It was a long process, but I just kept working out and working on my craft. I just continued to pray on it and I found a place that was for me.”

The recruiting process had its challenges at times for Kenyon, but the Green family relied on their faith throughout the process.

“It was actually pretty simple,” Henry Green said. “We put God first in everything that we do. We tell him to stay humble. If you stay humble and trust in God’s word everything is going to be alright and come out alright. He made a very wise decision in his life. My wife (Shalonda) and I stand by him 100 percent. We think Texas A&M is the perfect spot for him.”

Henry Green has coached his son since he was little and was on the sideline this season to watch Kenyon play out his senior season with the Eagles.

“I saw a lot of maturity from Kenyon this year,” Henry Green said. “I used to tell him ‘hey you need to get that block here, you need to take him and drive him more to the ground.’ This year you could see all that he was doing on the field. I was very proud of him this year.”

Kenyon is proud of what he accomplished playing for Atascocita and will cherish the memories he had with his teammates and his coaches.

The offensive lineman has made several visits to College Station and has followed the Aggies throughout the season. He’s ready to be a part of the winning tradition.

“Coach Fisher has done an amazing job changing the culture,” Kenyon said. “It’s a totally different culture and now it’s about winning there. A&M is getting a young man who is going to work hard every single day. I’m going to be respectful of the campus and the program. There’s only one thing to do and that’s to bring a national title back to Texas A&M.”

marcus.gutierrez@chron.com

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