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Tampa Catholic OL Green grateful for test vs. the best at all-star game

ST. PETERSBURG — Tampa Catholic OL Chaz Green thoroughly enjoyed his Under Armour All-America Game experience, and he thinks he'll be a better player because of it.

"It was great playing against the best," Green said.

Green, rated the country's No. 50 prospect by ESPNU, was a starter Saturday. And in the 6-foot-5, 290-pound standout's estimation, he performed quite well.

"It was a chance to see how you stack up against other great players," Green said. "I feel like I did good. I only got beat once or twice."

Green lists Florida, Ohio State, Southern California and Tennessee as his favorites. He said Saturday the Volunteers have a slight lead.

Green still plans to visit the Gators and Trojans.

Out, NOT down: Gulf DT Leon Orr, selected to compete in the game, dressed but didn't play because he was still on crutches after surgery to repair a fractured leg. Orr will enroll at Florida in a little more than a week.

"I had a good week," Orr said. "I went to every practice and all the events."

And best of all? He received all the goodies other players got for being picked for the game. "I've got all kinds of swag," Orr said.

That swag included, according to Orr, gym shorts, shirts, football equipment, cleats and a helmet.

"Man, it was over $3,000 worth of stuff," Orr said.

BIG GET FOR FSU: A huge week for Florida State, which included grabbing an oral commitment from standout S Matt Elam (previously a Gator commit) of Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, got even better at Saturday's game when WR Kenny Shaw of Orlando Dr. Phillips pledged to the Seminoles. ESPNU ranks him the country's 16th-best receiver.

It wasn't a surprise.

Shaw made it known throughout the recruiting process he favored FSU.

"I kind of knew (he would commit) back in the summer," Shaw said. "I love (FSU assistant) Lawrence Dawsey and (new head coach) Jimbo Fisher's offense."

Next for Shaw: He plans to do some recruiting for the Seminoles.

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