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National Signing Day 2017: OLB Izayah Green-May begins Wisconsin career as early enrollee

A raw but wildly promising Illinois prospect joins the Badgers’ defense.

Izayah Green-May Student Sports

Class of 2017 OLB Izayah Green-May

Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
Position Height Weight School 247Sports Composite Rank
OLB 6'6 210 Bolingbrook (Ill.) Three stars, No. 33 weak-side defensive end

Izayah Green-May is one of the more raw prospects the Wisconsin Badgers have received a commitment from in the past few seasons, and that should really excite the Wisconsin faithful.

Normally Wisconsin is known as a “developmental program,” meaning it gets the most out of its student-athletes. Well, Green-May has a ton of potential, so getting the most out of said potential has astronomical implications. The lanky pass rusher, when physically prepared for Big Ten play, oozes playmaking ability and athleticism.

Rankings

247Sports (composite): Three stars; Grade: 0.8684; No. 505 overall; No. 33 weak-side defensive end; No. 9 Ill.

247Sports: Four stars; Grade: 90; No. 305 overall; No. 23 weak-side defensive end; No. 7 Ill.

ESPN: Three stars; Grade: 76; No. 57 outside linebacker; No. 93 Midwest Regional; No. 18 Ill.

Rivals: Three stars; No. 10 Ill.

Scout: Three stars; No. 51 defensive end; No. 5 Midwest DE; No. 2 Ill. DE

Verbally committed on April 23, 2016

Green-May was Wisconsin’s 8th commitment for 2017. He committed to the Badgers on the day of their annual spring game.

B5Q’s Andrew Rosin wrote in his article about Green-May committing:

Green-May is intriguing even without looking at his Hudl profile, as linebackers currently listed at 6'6, 205 pounds are not exactly a common proposition. Add in the Hudl, and you have a prospect that pops off the screen (see below). Most of the time, he's playing with his hand off the ground, and he's a strong attacker off the edge. Also, he has experience dropping back into coverage, and was assigned to block the gunners of his conference on punt returns

Green-May held offers from Michigan State, Mississippi State, Illinois, Indiana, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Virginia, Western Michigan, Central Michigan, Buffalo, Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio).

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Bio (courtesy UWBadgers.com)

High School: Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout … three-time defensive MVP at Bolingbrook … coach was John Ivlow

Personal: Parents are Elvin Green and Vanessa May … enjoys music, drawing, poetry and writing