2023 legacy DE Lamont Green Jr, father discuss his commitment to Florida State

Florida State continued its strong early start in the 2023 class on Friday with the commitment of highly-touted legacy defensive end Lamont Green Jr. This was a decision that he’d been thinking about for a long time and it came down to it just being the right moment for him to make it public.

“I just felt like it was a good time [to commit],” Green Jr said. “I’ve been waiting on this for most of my life. With everything that’s going on, it just felt like it was time.”

“I would say when I got my offer from them [Feb 4, 2020] but also since I was younger, I’ve had the thought process that if I get it I will most likely be going there [FSU],” Green Jr said. “My dad [Lamont Green Sr] went there, I’ve been going to Florida State a lot of my life, grinding with the coaches over the years. I had a few thoughts that I was probably gonna go there before even getting the offer.”

Though he says he’s been waiting on this moment for most of his life, one person who has waited even longer is his father, Green Sr. The elder Green starred in Tallahassee from 1994-98 under legendary head coach Bobby Bowden and was named team captain during his senior season while earning an All-ACC selection. He finished his college career with 231 total tackles, 22 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, and 2 interceptions before going on to spend time in the NFL.

Now, he’s beginning to see his son follow in his footsteps.

“It’s a dream come true,” Green Sr said. “It’s something that I’ve had in the back of mind ever since he was a little boy, to be able to stand on the sideline at FSU and watch him go out and play. In the back of your head you think it’s a pipe dream, maybe far-fetched, now, soon it’ll be a reality.”

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The Florida native called the staff early on Friday morning to inform them that he’d be joining #Tribe23. Understandably, the coaches were happy to hear the news and officially make him a part of the Seminole family.

“I was telling them I was very excited and ready to be a ‘Nole,” Green Jr said. “They are ready to accept me, get me there, and be a part of the community and family.”

Green Jr grew up attending games inside Doak Campbell Stadium, taking trips to campus with his father, and also participating at FSU camps in the offseason, where he routinely learned from Odell Haggins. Along with Haggins, the rising defensive end has developed a relationship with defensive coordinator Adam Fuller and the two talk often. He’s also well aware of Green Sr’s legacy in garnet and gold, who was coached by Haggins during his college days and played with wide receivers coach Ron Dugans, which was certainly a factor in his decision.

“It heavily impacted my decision because I was going on trips to FSU for most of my life,” Green Jr said. “My dad would always get invited to go to things, I would go with him and be at the campus, see coaches and things like that.”

“Coach Fuller has done such a great job recruiting him and he [Green Jr] already had a past relationship with coach Odell because he was one of my coaches when I was at FSU,” Green Sr echoed. “Ever since he was like 10, 11 years old he’s been coming to FSU camps and Odell has been working with him since then, so he’s kind of like an uncle to him. The recruiting part with coach Fuller was really cool but it was more like a family thing with Odell.”

Florida State is planning to use Green Jr at weak-side defensive end because of his speed off of the edge and he’ll have the opportunity to develop into a dominant pass-rusher. With college being the time when many truly step into adulthood, Green Sr is also looking at how the staff will be able to help his son grow on the field and off of it.

“I’ve been listening to coach Norvell,” Green Sr said. “I went back and listened to some of the things he had to say dating back to his last school [Memphis]. I think he’s a great leader of men, I think he’ll be able to help my son become a man. He’s gonna have my son in the most important developmental years of a man, from the age of 18-22, that’s when you become who you are as a person so I’m trusting him [Norvell] with that.”

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defensive end has been focusing on adding weight this offseason to put together an impactful junior season. He wants to record double-digit sacks and continue to improve each day. With the dead period being pushed back again, Green Jr isn’t quite sure when he’ll make it up to Tallahassee but he’s planning to visit as soon as possible to meet with the staff in person.

In the meantime, Green Jr and his father are going to continue building their relationships with the coaches. Green Sr has gotten to know coach Fuller quite and speaks with coach Haggins at least once a week.

“I talk to coach Fuller,” Green Sr said. “I’m in contact with him a lot. I talk to coach Odell at least once a week. Ron Dugans and I played together so obviously, our relationship is really close. I’m getting to know the rest of the staff really well. I’ve gotten to know coach Fuller the most because he’s spent the most time recruiting my son.”

The Gulliver Prep product chose Florida State over Miami, Penn State, and UCF, among others. Green Jr says that no one else was in contention for his commitment other than the Seminoles. This is a huge win for the coaching staff to get a high-priority legacy recruit into the fold this early, especially one as talented as Green Jr. He’s already got multiple pass-rushing moves in his arsenal and is tenacious off of the edge with two more years to play at the high school level.

Green Jr is currently not ranked according to 247Sports. We expect that to change very soon with the potential that he grows into a top-100 prospect. He becomes the third commitment in FSU’s 2023 class, which also includes running back Cedric Baxter Jr and defensive end Gabe Harris.

Stay tuned to NoleGameday for more on Green Jr, his junior season, and status with the ‘Noles throughout 2021.

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