TCU football has announced the addition of tailback Aaron Green to the program.
Green, who played as a true freshman at Nebraska last season, will sit out the 2012 campaign per NCAA transfer rules and then have three years of eligibility beginning in 2013.
Green saw action in 12 games for the Cornhuskers in 2011 and was the team’s fifth-leading rusher with 105 yards and two touchdowns.
Coming out of Madison High School in San Antonio, Green was ranked as the No. 11 overall prospect in the country by ESPN. Rivals and Scout.com listed him among the nation’s top 10 running backs. Green rushed for nearly 5,000 yards in his prep career.
As a senior, Green totaled 1,717 yards and 19 touchdowns on a 7.2 per carry mark, helping lead Madison to the Class 5A state playoffs. He ran for more than 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior, while adding 151 receiving yards and three scoring grabs. Green rushed for 2,024 yards and 27 touchdowns as a sophomore, adding 16 receptions for over 200 yards and two scores.
Kevin Lonnquist’s take: While this release is the official one, Green announced about a month ago that had chosen the Horned Frogs over other suitors including Baylor. This was another classic recruiting battle between the Horned Frogs and Bears. While Green will have to miss the upcoming season because of transfer rules, his arrival comes at a time where the program suffered a loss when three-year starter Ed Wesley left the team for personal reasons. One national recruiting service, Rivals, rated him the 61st-best player in the country for the 2011 recruiting class. He’s solid in size at 5-11, 190, can make all the runs and has all of the credentials as a difference maker. With no Wesley, TCU is going to have to make up for Wesley’s absence with the likes of junior Waymon James, and seniors Matthew Tucker and Aundre Dean. But Green will have three years to assert himself in the Big 12. This offseason will be important for him to get to know his teammates.
Kevin Lonnquist is a Staff Writer for Rattle and Hum Sports covering the Big 12 and NCAA