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ELCA senior looks to represent community on national scale
by Matt Nascone
mnascone@neighbornewspapers.com
August 03, 2012 06:18 PM | 1476 views | 0 0 comments | 29 29 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Eagle’s Landing Christian senior running back Keyante Green has been nominated as a possible selection for the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. (Staff photo by Joe Livingston)
Eagle’s Landing Christian senior running back Keyante Green has been nominated as a possible selection for the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. (Staff photo by Joe Livingston)
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The national spotlight has been on running back Keyante Green for the past three years.

Green burst onto the scene in 2009 in his freshman season and had a breakout sophomore season for Eagle’s Landing Christian. He has been a threat for ELCA head coach Jonathan Gess since that point.

Green was nominated for possible selection to the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He is one of 400 athletes from across the nation nominated. There will be 100 selected to play in the game Jan. 5 in San Antonio, Texas.

Gess said Green may be one of the best players for the Chargers, but he does not act like it.

“The thing that makes Keyante special is that he has had the recognition for a long time, but he has easily been the hardest worker this summer,” Gess said. “He just loves the game of football.”

Gess said he saw the potential for a star player after Green’s freshman season.

“We obviously saw the talent early on, but the step we were always waiting for was accomplished this summer,” Gess said.

Gess said Green has matured a lot since his freshman season.

“He got up there recently and talked to the freshmen and sophomores about having dedication to this program,” Gess said. “He is really trying to step up into that leadership role. And the other guys listen to him because he is out there working hard with everyone.”

Gess said Green was on pace for 5,000 career rushing yards and 500 career tackles before he got hurt in his junior season. Gess said Green can still reach 4,000 and 400, respectively.

Gess said he would love to watch Green represent ELCA on the national stage.

“I know as a running back, he would love to go and represent his offensive linemen on that national stage,” Gess said. “It would be such an honor for him, for the school and for the community.”

Gess said being in the national spotlight got Green several offers from Division I colleges, including several Football Bowl Subdivision schools. Green’s teammate, defensive end Isaac Rochell, also received many offers. Gess said Green’s journey to committing to a school was a little different than Rochell’s.

“As a running back, he knew that schools were only taking one in each class,” Gess said. “Isaac did not have to deal with as much exclusivity. The recruiting process humbled Keyante.”

Green originally committed to UCLA, but recently switched his verbal commitment to Purdue.
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