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22 MINUS 7 DAYS TO 2019 KICKOFF: Daniel Green

In which BracketCat counts down the 15th day until the 2019 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State linebacker Daniel Green.

#22 Dante Barnett
The last elite defender to wear No. 22 for K-State was Dante Barnett. Daniel Green has the physical tools to be the next one.
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#22 Daniel Green

Redshirt Freshman | 6-2 | 226 lbs. | Portland, Oregon
Daniel Green
Daniel Green
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Linebacker
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Daniel X. Green (b. Jan. 8, 1999) is a young linebacker with a bevy of athleticism who redshirted in 2018 and will spend the 2019 season getting acclimated to the Division I level.

Originally announced as part of the 2017 class, Green is promising, physical young defensive prospect from Oregon who was something of a February Signing Day surprise.

The four-star linebacker selected K-State over offers from Mississippi, Oregon State and Utah. Academic eligibility issues kept him from enrolling until spring 2018 as a grayshirt.

Green played for Madison High School under head coach Don Johnson Jr. While with the Senators, he earned second-team all-state honors from The Oregonian, while he also was a two-time first-team all-conference honoree.

Green was named one of the top 250 prospects in the Class of 2017 by Rivals. The organization also viewed him as the 10th-best inside linebacker in the nation and the third-best player in the state of Oregon.

Many are high on his potential, including Ian Boyd of SportsTreatise:

Green is a really solid inside backer prospect who likes to play with some depth and then play downhill once he’s diagnosed the play. I think that could get him into trouble if the Wildcats defensive line can’t keep him covered up, or he’s facing a team with a really quality tackle or fullback who can get out on him 4 yards past the line of scrimmage.

That said, he’s really sudden and powerful coming downhill, and he’s pretty hard to block once he’s aiming for the ball. He also can blitz with some thunder and pursue the ball outside of the tackle box. With some refinement, he might be a really good player.

Green was a huge get and I don’t doubt that he will be starting at some point in his career.

He already is being projected to make an immediate impact in the two-deep this season.