School: Luther Burbank, Sacramento, CA
Position: Running Back/Inside Wide Receiver
Vitals: 5’10″, 175 lbs
- Rivals: NR
- Scout: #80
- ESPN: #65
- 247Sports: #85
FBS Offers: Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Colorado State, Fresno State, Nevada, SJSU, Wyoming
Player Type: Game Breaker
Best Attributes: Patience, Elusiveness and Top-End Speed
Prediction and Early Impact:
Enrolling early is a very big deal for a kid like this, especially in this class and especially for an opportunity to make an impact next season. The reason? Calvin Green becomes an immediate prime candidate to become a special teams difference maker, taking over the punt and/or kickoff return duties in 2014. Hey, they don’t just nickname you “The Flash” for nothing. With his speed and tackling experience as a high school safety, don’t be surprised to see him on the punt team as a gunner as well.
Washington State has struggled miserably as of late to really solidify either return positions with someone who can actually flip the field, Green is exactly that kind of player. Once he turns it on, you’re not going to run him down. In his highlights below you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about. Current RS freshman Robert Lewis will also get his run at a return position, among a few others, but Green certainly offers a little additional size and similar explosiveness.
Not that the Cougars will do a ton of special teams in the Spring, but they’ll get to see what Green brings from an athletic standpoint. The transition from high school running back to a Mike Leach/David Yost inside receiver should be a fairly easy transition for Green. In fact he played a little IWR at Burbank and has a knack for coming down with catches in traffic. If he develops over the Spring and Fall practices, he could be a contributor in the slot as the year moves on as well.
“Freshman Impact Potential” Grade: 7.5