COVINGTON, Ga. — Nyland Green is big and fast and long. He can cover, flash ball skills, hit, run, and be an adept fit at multiple positions in the secondary.
He also served as the long snapper for his high school teams, too.
Green is a varied young man, too. The elite 2021 recruit aspires to take the proceeds from a long professional football career and open a homeless shelter.
The nation’s No. 2 cornerback prospect (247 Sports) has that noble goal and yet still was found swallowing handfuls of Skittles and back-flipping as his Newton High team burst through the sign onto the field for every game.
He has a tradition of carrying the same Chucky Doll from the “Child’s Play” movie franchise with him to every game, too. He shared the news on Tuesday from Newton High via a live stream and a commitment video announcement that he won’t have to travel far to bring those dreams, the Skittles and Chucky with him to play college football.
The 6-foot-2, 182-pound senior chose to be a Georgia Bulldog. He even had some Skittles in the minutes leading up to his ceremony during the audio checks in the school auditorium prior to his decision.
The homegrown state of Georgia product was wanted by Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee, among many others. It even seemed like those elite programs were the vogue picks at different times for the 4-star cornerback prospect.
“Wow,” he said on Tuesday after his choice. “One of the most craziest experiences I have ever had in my life. It was one of the hardest decisions in my life also but God just showed me the way that Georgia was my home.”
The Newton High cornerback ranks as the nation’s No. 5 overall cornerback prospect and No. 69 overall recruit on the 247Sports Composite rankings.
Nyland Green is now one of seven top 100 prospects in the 2021 cycle for the Georgia class. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Green will be a Bulldog and also enroll early in January of 2021.
That’s some photosynthesis on the recruiting trail from Charlton Warren and Kirby Smart for a DB room that will need some sunlight to replace an expected NFL exodus after this season.
“It is just right up the street,” Green said about Georgia earlier this fall. “Just a 35-minute drive from my house. That’s the biggest thing I could ever say.”
Green is now the 20th public commitment for Georgia in the 2021 cycle.
This makes him the seventh top 100 overall prospect (247Sports Composite) to commit to UGA in this class. The Newton High (Covington, Ga.) star is now the fifth-highest rated recruit in the Georgia class.
He becomes the first player to choose Georgia from Newton High since former U.S. Army All-American receiver Jeremiah “JJ” Holloman did so in December of 2016. That commitment now pushes Georgia’s 2021 class past LSU to the nation’s No. 3 class for this recruiting cycle on the 247Sports Team Composite ratings.
Nyland Green chose Georgia from a finalist pool which included Auburn, Clemson and Tennessee. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)
Want to know something really cool about Nyland Green?
Green is always found with a smile. He is charismatic enough to plan to launch his own YouTube channel.
But the thing which really stands out here is his giving heart. Green said if he makes it big in football, then he has a very noble plan in mind for his community.
“I know outside of football I would like to open a homeless shelter,” Green told DawgNation. “To take care of kids that are younger than me or less fortunate than me. Maybe somebody that doesn’t have what others have. I’d love to do that. I feel like we should be here to help one another out.”
There’s Nyland Green. And his gameday Chucky doll from the “Child’s Play” movie franchise. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)