GULFPORT – Heading into season No. 3 as the man under center, Boca Ciega quarterback Osby Green is aiming to become a more vocal leader.
The 2018 prospect wants to take charge of a Pirates squad that made its first postseason appearance in 10 seasons, a year ago.
To put it in perspective, former Ohio State safety and NFL player Orhian Johnson was the quarterback for the 2007 Boca Ciega team that went 8-3 and lost to Jefferson in the first round of the playoffs.
The Pirates went 5-4 last season which featured a region quarterfinal appearance. Charlotte, an eventual state semifinalist blew past them 35-6
Green, a 5’11”, 195-pounder has different plans for his senior season in terms of team success.
“I think we are going to make it back there. Last year, we weren’t ready as a team,” Green told Prep Sports Scouting. “I’m going to make sure we are ready.”
As a true dual threat quarterback, Green has topped the 3,500 total yard mark in two seasons as the starter. He has 22 touchdowns (17 passing and 5 rushing).
He thoroughly enjoys being a quarterback that is a dangerous passer and runner because he says it is hard to stop.
Football all started for Green at age 10. He was a center before moving to fullback.
It wasn’t until after his 7th-grade year that he made the switch to quarterback.
Serving as a wide receiver and a second string quarterback as a freshman, Green found his confidence when he came into a game for an injured Sam Thompson.
“I started realizing it in 9th grade so I took advantage of it and got better every day,” he said.
No offers have come yet for Green, but he has drawn interest from Illinois, Toledo, Samford, Southeast Missouri, Iowa State and Youngstown State.
He says Toledo and Samford have been in contact with him the most.
Green is going to cap off his high school career with the coach that he started it with, Max Smith. The fourth-year coach owns a 9-20 record in three seasons.
“He’s tough. He [Smith] makes you get better as a person and athlete,” Green said. “He’s a good coach.”
In terms of his top strengths, Green pointed to his ability to read defenses and make plays. He’s aiming to improve his speed.
The end goal with football for Green is simple.
“I want to play in college and make it to the NFL so I can take care of my momma and sister,” he said.
He plans to study either sports medicine or become a registered nurse.
Green is an underappreciated commodity in the Tampa Bay area. He makes plays with his legs. He makes plays with his arm. Green is a smart and humble kid, who is thriving in life as a teenager. Look for him to have an impressive senior year. A college opportunity will come to fruition.
Favorite players to watch – Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson, Jameis Winston
Playlist before games – NBA Youngboy, Kodak Black
Favorite movies – The Longest Yard
Favorite TV shows – Teen Titans, Tom and Jerry, Friday Night Tykes
Fun fact that you think nobody knows – “I like to go fishing a lot with my friends and brothers. The biggest fish I caught was a catfish. Fishing calms my head.”
Nicknames from teammates or friends – “Oz”, “Houdini”
Game film: Green’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the founder of Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.