South Carolina signee Deon Green has a simplistic plan for the last few months of his senior year.
“Working out. Eating. Sleeping. Working out,” the former Olympia (Fla.) defensive tackle said when asked about his plans for the time leading up to his enrollment at USC.
Green has already hit the ground running on the workout plans sent to him by the Gamecocks’ strength and conditioning staff.
The 6-foot-4, 283-pounder knows that he needs to add strength and speed. Along with his weight room work, he’s also training with an Orlando-area speed coach to improve his 4.9 time in the 40-yard dash.
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If Green, who initially held 28 scholarship offers, gets any faster, it will be interesting to see if he’s able to platoon as a defensive end in some packages for the Gamecocks. He was nearly impossible to block at the prep level as a 3-technique tackle, using his speed to create chaos for one of the state’s best programs in Class 6A, the state’s largest.
Green, who will enroll at USC this summer, would like to play as a true freshman in 2011, but he also understands the benefits of redshirting.
“If I can play as freshman it will be a blessing,” said Green, a native of Orangeburg. “I wouldn’t mind redshirting either. I need to get stronger. SEC offensive linemen are different than high school offensive linemen. So, I know one thing I need to do is get stronger.”