“It’s kind of hard for attackers to fail there”

“It’s kind of hard for attackers to fail there”
  • Cayden Green has seen enough after eight visits to Oklahoma’s campus in a period of two years. He is returning home.

    The four-star forward was born in Tulsa to two Oral Roberts alumni. He grew up in Sooner lore. Green remained a Missouri native even after his family moved to Missouri. The Sooners were able to offer a scholarship to Green, weighing in at 6’1 and 135 lbs, in the spring 2021.

    Green is now the latest addition to the rapidly growing recruiting class for BrentVenables as well as the Oklahoma team in 2023. Green spoke exclusively to OUInsider just before his announcement. He cited the accomplishment of Bill Bedenbaugh as well as the holistic approach the program takes in student-athlete development, as the key reasons for his commitment.

    Green stated, “As an offensive-lineman, it’s hard to pass up a school such as Oklahoma.” “Coach B, he’s legit. He’s a professional. They have a system that benefits the offensive linemen. This includes coach Sue [ Josue Mate Matias] and Coach Phil’s strength- and conditioning team [Loadholt] which assists the offensive line. It’s hard for attackers there to fail. Being from there, I have always been a fan. They’re a great team. These are the people you want to be a part of.”

    Green’s commitment is a shame to Bedenbaugh who already has two pledges in his position group at Joshua Bates, and Heath Ozaeta. Tomorrow, another player can join the group. A three-star player Logan Howland will decide between Oklahoma or Iowa. This decision should favor the Sooners. If Green keeps (or increases) his 247Sports composite rating, he would be the highest-ranked forward to join Oklahoma under Bedenbaugh. This is except for Breywalker.

    Green stated that Bedenbaugh has been “recruiting me for the past two years.” I saw both his recruiting and regular sides. You get what you see. He is genuine and authentic and will teach you a lot. It’s all about love. You can see that he cares about his players.

    From the moment they extended their offer, the Sooners put Green first. In mid-October last year, Bedenbaugh visited Missouri in order to see one of Green’s games. Everything was going well for Oklahoma until the fateful day of November 28th. Lincoln Riley dropped an explosive blow on college football and accepted the vacant position at USC. Some speculated that Bedenbaugh might be one of the assistants who would follow Riley to Los Angeles. It could have ended Oklahoma’s chances at getting Green.

    Green said, “Yes, that was a shock for us all,” It came out of nowhere. We knew from the beginning that Oklahoma would be there if Coach B was still around. They always had a chance to win as long as Coach B was around.

    While Riley’s USC team hired several assistants for positional positions, Bedenbaugh decided to remain in Norman. Venables was appointed as Riley’s successor by the Oklahoma government. There was no doubt that Bedenbaugh would remain as the offensive line coach. He has kept his position on the restructured Oklahoma team and Venables was able to contact Green’s family.

    Green stated, “I would certainly say that one of his biggest pushes was the’more then just an athlete push’.” That was huge for us. You could see that he meant it when he said it. He isn’t just interested in draft picks and championships; he [is] also in it to help the person as much or more than the player. Even over the phone, we could tell he was serious and genuine.”

    Although Riley and USC continued to push Green for the job at the beginning of the 2023 recruitment cycle, the Okie-born giant was quick to end the Trojans’ advance. Green said to OUInsider in February that he didn’t want anything with Riley. However, he stated that he understood the need for Riley to accept the job, but that he wouldn’t tell his recruits that if he doesn’t, ‘I’m not going anywhere.

    Venables and Oklahoma left a lasting impression on Green. He made several informal visits to campus in the spring. Green and his family sealed the deal with an official visit in June. They bought OU shirts while there to prepare for their engagement. He honored his plans for a second official visit to LSU. This was a trip he took with his friend. Edric Hill. He also did an OV for Missouri with another longtime friend in Logan Reichert. However, her heart was set on becoming a Sooner.

    Green stated, “We must be around coaches and leaders there, long enough to them [take] off their recruiting hats.” We only see the genuine, authentic ones. It was wonderful to be able to speak to the players, pick their minds and see the university and how it runs. That was what I believe helped us seal the deal.

    The Sooners’ proposal for Green was also influenced by Jerry Schmidt’s training program. Lee’s Summit North Head coach Jamar Muzee was the running back for the 2000 Oklahoma champions team. Schmidt had dismantled the team and rebuilt it in the training room. Green was curious about the new strength and conditioning program in Oklahoma when the old strength coach returned to Norman. He was able to see Mozee with a very authoritative perspective

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