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Mon. September 28, 2009 | Eduardo A. Encina

Tampa Catholic coach Bob Henriquez, who was quoted in Friday’s Atlanta Journal- Constitution saying that former Plant and current Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray tried to recruit Tampa Catholic quarterback Christian Green to Plant during his high school days, told the Times Monday that he made the remark in jest.

The story, which focused on Green making his first official visit to Georgia this past weekend, told about how Murray, a freshman, was helping to recruit Green to Georgia.

“Yeah, Aaron Murray’s been working on him,” Henriquez told the paper. “Aaron tried to recruit him away from Tampa Catholic over to Plant when he was over there, too. So I guess he’s recruiting him again.”

According to FHSAA rules, anyone affliated with a football program – including a player -- trying to lure another player to a school is a recruiting violation.

On Monday, Henriquez said the comment was taken out of context.

“It was just a kind of off-the-cuff statement,” Henriquez said. “They’re good friends. They know each other well. It was kind of just a running joke.”

Henriquez made it clear that he wasn’t accusing Plant of recruiting Green. In fact, he said that when Green played with Plant players in a 7-on-7 tournament two summers ago, Plant coach Robert Weiner called him to make sure he knew he wasn’t going after Green.

“Just one of those playful things,” Henriquez said. “Those kids talk all the time. Heck, who knows? Maybe Christian told (Murray) he’d look better in green and white.”

Green, ranked the third-best athlete recruit in the nation, has narrowed his finalists to Georgia, Florida, Florida State and USF.

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