Every time Tennessee gets a commitment in either football or men’s basketball, we will write up an impact report looking at what that recruit does well, what he needs to improve in his game, and what his projected impact with the Vols could be over the next few years.
Latest Commit: Art Green, Cornerback
Height/Weight: 6-foot-2, 200 pounds
School: Hutchinson Community College (Kansas)
Home Town: Chesterfield, Missouri
247Sports Composite: N/A
247Sports: No. 2 JUCO overall, No. 1 JUCO CB
Notable Offers: Georgia, Florida, Texas A&M, Mississippi State
What we like:
Though this past season was the first year he played defensive back, Art Green is a very instinctual defender who makes very good reads. He has elite length and uses that to his advantage against bigger wide receivers. But Green isn’t just a one trick pony; he has the speed to cover smaller receivers as well. Green is very good at reading the quarterback and has the athleticism needed to contribute right away at the collegiate level. I’ve watched his film multiple times, and I’m blown away by just how good his instincts actually are. He looks like a natural playing cornerback, and it’s hard to believe this was his first season at the position after playing wide receiver in high school.
Areas to improve:
Green possesses a lot of natural talent and has a strong foundation to build on, but he has a lot to learn from a technique standpoint still. His instincts should help him out a lot in that regard, but he definitely needs to work on his footwork and continue to learn the position. He could improve his versatility as well and play at slot and outside both. With his size, he’ll likely play more outside, but he seems plenty capable of guarding slot receivers. He just needs to work on his consistency.
If Green had been on Tennessee’s roster this past season or was on the roster this year, he’d likely be an immediate contributor. Even with his raw skills from a technique perspective, he looks like a legit cornerback who projects very well at the SEC level. He’s seen his stock blow up lately, and he’s picked up eight SEC offers since the start of February. The only SEC schools not to offer Green at this point are Alabama, LSU, Auburn, and Vanderbilt. It’s clear he still has things to work on, but Green’s ceiling is sky-high in my opinion. Given the fact that Baylen Buchanan graduates after the 2019 season and both Alontae Taylor and Bryce Thompson will be juniors in 2020, I think Green finds a way to be an immediate contributor as soon as he’s on campus. With how quickly he’s already learned defensive back after transitioning from wide receiver, he reminds me quite a bit of Alontae Taylor, actually. With Jeremy Pruitt and Derrick Ansley set to be his defensive coaches at UT, Green should have no trouble learning and growing as a player.