Make UT Orange Green

A new take on Make Orange Green.

A new take on "Make Orange Green."

It’s a phrase I’ve heard uttered time and time again on the campus at the University of Tennessee.  Of course, it was created to help harness an image of eco-friendliness, sustainability, and conservation.  It was created to show the world that UT is doing its part to look out for mother nature.

Yes, green has definitely become the new it word.  Everything is green.  Cars are green.  Businesses are green.  Hell, even I’m trying to do my part to be “green.”

The newest thing to go Green:  the UT Football team.

With today comes the news that Tennessee has garnered it’s 17th commitment for the 2009 class, and 3rd commitment since of hiring of new head coach Lane Kiffin.  That newest addition comes in the form of a 6-foot-3 200 pound wide receiver by the name of James Green.  Yes, I sense that the UT athletic department felt the need to jump on the environmental bandwagon, and did so in a big way.

Environmentally friendly never sounded so good.

Environmentally friendly never looked so good.

Green is a 4-star recruit out of Tallahassee, Fla., who is ranked 32nd among receivers according to Rivals.com.  He doesn’t have breakaway speed (4.62) but he fits the mold of previous physical wide receivers who have flourished under Kiffin (See: Dwayne Jarrett, Mike Williams, and Patrick Turner).  Without a doubt, these three big name receivers were selling points in getting Green to verbally commit to the Vols (over such schools as USF, Auburn, and Ohio State), along with the potential of early playing time due to Tennessee’s lack of big-time receivers.

Green’s commitment does wonders for just that reason.  With only two other WR commitments thus far, one of which is instant-bust material in Zach Rogers, while the other is Je’Ron Stokes, who is a soft-verbal at best right now, Green solidifies the ’09 class with at least one wideout that could have an immediate impact on the playing field.

I would like to welcome Green to Knoxville, and commend the athletic department on continuing their commitment to helping “Make Orange Green.”

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~ by drewbd on 12.22.2008.

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