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Nyland Green: Pregame Skittles, a Chucky Doll and a big upcoming decision

Want to attack every day with the latest UGA football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel brings. This entry offers up a digest of information regarding 2021 elite cornerback prospect Nyland Green

Nyland Green appears to be a young man of great coordination drip, flair, sophistication, and character. With more layers than a prized Vidalia, watching him for a full gameday will cover the entire spectrum of possibility.

Please bear with this narrative for the next 16 profile-building sentences. We shall effort to share more information about Green than digitally possible across the span of the next seven paragraphs.

The nation’s No. 2 cornerback (247Sports) will eat full hands of Skittles before games, wear pink arm sleeves and match the color of the rubber bands on his braces to his sleeves. He sports an inexhaustible smile and will pull off a backflip before every game to lead his Newton Rams out of the run-through banner.

Nyland Green brings his Chucky doll from the “Child’s Play” movies with him to every game. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Green played receiver and cornerback last week against 7A McEachern. He picked off a pass and caught a diving 32-yard touchdown. He also serves as the long snapper for Newton so he rarely left the field. When he did get that snap off, he was always the first man down the field in the returner’s face covering the punt.

The 6-foot-2 senior cramped up something serious and after icing his calves and downing another handful of mustard packets he returned to the game. In doing so, he dropped what would have been the game-winning touchdown pass.

Despite being clearly distraught afterward, that forever smile returned and he showed the short memory of any elite lockdown cornerback by shaking off the play. When he did, he saw he had to lift the spirits of a nearly inconsolable Newton teammate. When he dropped the pass, it forced the Rams into a 31-yard field goal with seconds left on the clock. It sailed wide left.

Let’s rewind the night to just before game time. Green brought his Chucky doll from the 1980s serial “Child’s Play” movies out on the field. It is a game day ritual there. Green’s been bringing Chucky along as long as he’s been doing those flips before Newton games.

Nyland Green ranks as the nation’s No. 6 cornerback and No. 77 overall prospect for the 2021 class on the 247Sports Composite ratings. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Nyland Green: The habitual recruiting stuff

Let’s imagine his thoughts on the remainder of his recruiting are like a bag of Skittles. Let’s pop there out here in short order. Perhaps two or three at a time.

  • His decision still feels like about a month away
  • Focused on his senior year at this time
  • Said he doesn’t need to take any independent visits to lock in his choice. “I’ve seen a lot from when I was younger going around a lot,” he said. “I’ve got what I need. I just need to make the decision with me and my family.” 
  • The eventual choice here will be a 50-percent Nyland Green choice and a 50-percent family input decision. “We are all in this together,” he said of the Team Green decision.
  • Look for him to drop a Top 5 video in a couple of weeks
  • His decision has not evolved much of late. “It is just on me,” he said. “I have to come up with the best decision now that I have got to make.” 
  • He is clearly focused on his team. He sets aside only one or two days each week to get his communication in with college recruiters. 
  • Green said he would’ve been at the Auburn-Georgia game last week if visits were still a go. It was also interesting he said he’d have likely taken all his officials in the spring and summer.
  • He said he was always planning to make his decision late into his senior year. “I’m just chilling right now,” he said. “That was the plan all along.” 

When DawgNation checked in with Green in August, he said he was planning to make his college decision midway through his senior year. That would be mid-October. He updated that timeline this weekend by saying that not much has changed up at all.

“It is kind of a pause on all that,” he said. “I’m just focusing on my senior year with my players and prayers to try to be able to get through this season.”

Here’s a handy translation: Green is comfortable with consistently pushing back or saying his decision is “about a month” away because he doesn’t want his college decision to take anything away from the focus on his senior year and the Newton team rather than an individual spotlight moment like his college commitment.

He’s happy to just keep saying it will be in another month. Kind of like he’s at the line trying to shell out some press-man coverage to back the receiver down a bit.

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