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No. 29: Jabriel Green, Trinity

Bio: 6-3, 230, DL

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Original photo by Paul Kopsky

Photo illustration by STLhighschoolsports.com

At first, the name Jabriel Green meant little to Trinity football coach Cory Patterson.

When Patterson saw the paperwork on Green, who transferred in from Jennings High during the summer, he gave it little thought.

Then after some research, Patterson came to an amazing realization.

"We finally figured out that he was number 66," Patterson said.

Yes, the same player who wore No. 66 for Jennings. The same defensive lineman who was all over the field when Jennings beat Trinity 34-7 on Oct. 16.

"I didn't know his name, but he dominated us," Patterson said. "He was everywhere. There was nothing we could do to stop him."

Patterson has been smiling ever since the mid-summer revelation.

Green, a 6-foot-3 and 235-pound beast, now is part of the up-and-coming Titans program.

"I couldn't believe it," Patterson said. "How many times does a player like that fall right into your lap?"

Patterson might be the luckiest man in North County.

Green, a true difference maker, has excelled over the summer, bringing a new level of intensity to his new team. And now, instead of figuring out a way to contain him, Patterson will have Green on his side all season long.

"He's the type of player that can change the whole game," Patterson said.

Green, No. 29 in the Post-Dispatch ranking of top seniors, was a shining star for the Warriors last season during a 4-6 campaign. He had a hand in 95 tackles and recorded 15 sacks. His speed and ability to roam all over the field helped make Jennings a near-.500 team.

He said a series of off-field incidents forced him switch schools.

"I got into a situation over there when I felt my environment wasn't safe," Green said. "So, I had to pack up and leave. It's safer and I think I'll be better off at Trinity."

Green can play on both sides of the ball, although his college future lies on the defensive line. He spent his first three seasons flying under the radar at Jennings. So far, he has gotten several looks from NCAA Division I schools while on the summer camp circuit.

Which makes his one-year stint at Trinity even more important.

"This is the last time I'll be able to show what I can do," Green said. "I've got to make the most of this."

Green's strength lies in his high-speed, never-quit attitude.

"His motor is always on," Patterson said. "He never, ever slows down."

Green has displayed some amazing pass-rushing skills. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds and has the speed and instinct to track down most ball carriers.

A multi-sport athlete, Green plays basketball and can also throw the shot put.

But he says he might spend the winter and spring working out to enhance his college football chances.

"I don't feel any pressure," Green said. "I know what I can do on the field."

Green said he also realizes he must step up in the classroom.

For now, Green is eager to get the campaign started. Trinity plays host Priory in the season opener Aug. 19.

"I'm ready," he said. "I get good bumps just thinking about it. I think people are going to be surprised to see what I can do."

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