The Norman Transcript


June 24, 2014

Westmoore receiver commits to Louisville

No offers came from Sooners or Pokes

NORMAN — As the defensive coordinator at Broken Arrow last season, Adam Gaylor had to game plan for many of the best players in the state. That includes wide receiver Dahu Green, who had been destroying class 6A in his junior season at Westmoore.

Now, as the Jaguars head coach, he no longer has to figure out how to stop Green, but he does have sympathy for those who will have that assignment when Green takes his talents to the next level in two years.

“I’ve coached at junior college, I’ve coached D-II football,” Gaylor said. “He’s the best wide receiver I’ve been around. The best all around. I’m glad I don’t have to coach against him. Glad I don’t have to know where Dahu is on the field.”

Even though Green still has one more year of high school football, the 6-4, 200-pound wide out verbally committed to Louisville Thursday.

“I feel like Louisville is the place for me,” Green said. “I feel real comfortable around Louisville. The campus is beautiful. I got to talk to some of their players, see how they felt about the place. Nice facilities.”

Green is the second Westmoore wide out to committ this summer. Junior-to-be DeShawn lookout committed to Oklahoma for baseball and football two weeks ago.

Green, who runs a 4.5 and has a 34 inch vertical, had offers from Kentucky, Indiana, Southern Miss, Washington State, Virginia, Wake Forest and several other FBS programs. He’s also the sixth Oklahoman to verbally commit, and the third to commit to an out of state school.

Neither Oklahoma or Oklahoma State showed much interest in Green. Only Tulsa tried to keep him in state.

Regardless, it was Louisville who have been on Green’s recruiting trail from the start. And it showed when he informed the coaches he had made his decision.

“It was exciting,” Green said. “I talked to the whole staff. Then I hung up and called coach (Bobby) Petrino and talked for probably an hour. It was pretty cool.”

Green took an unofficial visit to Louisville June 14. If it had been up to him, he said he would have committed on the spot but he waited until he talked to his mother first.

“They have a lot of senior wide receivers,” Green said. “That will put me in a good position to play. They put people in the league. I really like that about them.”

Green has played only one season of high school football after moving to Oklahoma before his sophomore year. He sat in the stands watching the Jaguars that entire year before coming out for the team during the spring.

Since then, Green has been on a meteoric rise. He finished his junior season with  40 receptions for 700 yards and 10 touchdowns and helped lead the Jags to the semifinals of the state playoffs. According to, he is the No. 5 ranked player in the state and 47th ranked receiver in the country for the 2015 class.

“It’s crazy. I just used to sit right there and watch practice,” Green said point at the bleachers on the practice field. “It was just a lot of hard work, being out here in the sun and just trying to be better than the next guy.”

Verbal commitments are not binding until the players sign National Letters of Intent the first Tuesday in February. Until then, Louisville can pull its offer or Green can look at other schools and change his mind if he wants.

“As of right now, I’m pretty solid in my commit,” Green said. “I might (look at other schools), if my mom wants me to and stuff. I think she still wants me to take an official visit here and there to check somebody out and make sure I’m in love with this place.”

But as of now, it’s the Cardinals who Green sees himself playing with. Gaylor says they are getting more than just a receiver who hauls in touchdown passes.

“They are getting a great kid. You hear that and you think you are getting coach speak,” Gaylor said. “It’s truly not. I’ve only been here three months. But the more and more I’m around the kid, he’s here every day. He never misses. He loves football. He likes to work. He’s hungry. You talk about guys being a dog, he’s a dog. He goes out there and work. He attacks every workout.”

Green is glad he can now focus strictly on his final season with the Westmoore and put the recruiting process behind him.

“It’s a big weight off your shoulders,” Green said. “People try to act like recruiting is fun. It’s not fun at all. A lot of phone calls and stuff. But (committing) will help me focus on my senior season and focus on being the leader I need to be for my team to win games.”

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