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With his mother Ladonna Green and family members Dwayne Holmes, left, and DaVonte Chavez watching, Madera South’s Amire Green signs a National Letter of Intent to run track at Fresno Pacific University.
Appearing late on the recruiting trail, Madera South track athlete Amire Green signed a National Letter of Intent to Fresno Pacific University.
Green’s signing is the third for Madera South to Fresno Pacific — Seth Garcia and Veronica Ortega — and the fifth Madera athlete to sign with the Sunbirds (Madera baseball player Brian Hefner and Libery track athlete Paiten Harlow).
“They started talking to me since April,” Green said. “We’ve been going back and forth with the numbers and to see if they have the programs I want to be doing. May 30 is when it got finalized.”
Green celebrated a great last week of high school, signing his National Letter of Intent on Monday and then graduating on Thursday.
“I wasn’t worried about signing with a school,” he said. “I have my backup plans. I was making sure I was getting as much covered. I didn’t want to have to worry about the money.”
Green said his coaches may turn him into a decathlete because he is so diverse. He advanced to the CIF State Championship by placing third in the pole vault.
“They see me all around,” Green said. “I feel like I’ll manage. I do four events back-to-back. It’s just a few events more. I have the stamina for the 1,600-meter run.”
Green’s other options were to attend Stanislaus State or Fresno State. He has a 3.75 grade point average.
“My main focus was academics,” he said. “I want to be a veterinarian, but I will major in biology.”
Green, who was a three-year member of the varsity basketball team and an All-Madera Tribune recipient isn’t giving up on basketball, just yet.
“We’ll see about basketball,” he said. “I’m thinking about redshirting and may want to try basketball.”
Throughout the college process, Green said his parents were supportive, but wanted to make sure he took care of his academics first.
“My parents wanted to make sure my academics was first,” Green said. “They wanted me to go out of state to go see the world, as they put it.”
Green said knowing other teammates on the team will be a big help.
“I’ve already met a few of the track athletes.” He said. “I also know some other players going there. It’s kind of a reunion type of thing. It’s a home-made environment.”