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ST. PETERSBURG – Despite a shoulder injury that kept him out of nine games his senior year, Florida State stuck with Ryan Green. Despite numerous coaching changes, including the departure of running backs coach Eddie Gran, Green stuck with Florida State.
Green, a four-star recruit by several recruiting sites, officially became a Seminole on Wednesday afternoon in a ceremony at St. Petersburg Catholic’s media center. He was joined by more than 25 family members.
“(Florida State) stayed with me the whole time," Green said. “And there was one time where I felt kind of iffy when the running backs coach left, but I decided that I would be fine at Florida State. I’ll have a chance to compete right away."
Green is the only running back signed in Florida State’s 2013 recruiting class. As a junior, he gained 1,069 yards and scored 14 touchdowns. With leading back Chris Thompson graduated and James Wilder Jr. and Devonta Freeman as the only returning experienced backs, Green expects to see the field sooner rather than later.
“They want to start me on special teams, kick returns and punt returns," Green said. “But I’ll have a chance to play right away. I can’t wait to get up there."
In addition to Green, baseball player Max Geller signed with Florida Tech, soccer player James Skonicki signed with Winthrop University and soccer player Meggie Dougherty-Howard signed with Florida.
“Can’t wait to be a Gator," Dougherty-Howard said.