Frankie Mansfield
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First Baptist's Green commits to Newberry

First Baptist receiver Ahmad Green’s touchdown in the final minute of the first half was “the turning point” according to head coach Johnny Waters.

Ahmad Green and First Baptist were the perfect marriage this season.  Green sought more playing time to showcase his talent in his senior season. First Baptist needed a playmaker on the outside that could add speed to its high-powered offense.  The union paid off for both parties.  Green committed to Newberry Wednesday two months after First Baptist won its first state championship in school history.   "It's like a brotherhood at Newberry that could never be broken and that's something I wanted to be a part of," Green said. "The coaches were awesome and very friendly. The campus was nice and the classes are small which means I can definitely get the education that I need. But more importantly, I liked the coaches and the way they carry the team." “He’s electric,” First Baptist head coach Johnny Waters said. “He brings that explosiveness and can do anything you ask him to. He catches the ball with his hand and can block. He’s going to be a perfect fit at Newberry. They like those small slot receivers and he might even be able to contribute early. I know they’re excited to have him.” 

First Baptist receiver Ahmad Green caught three passes for 71 years in the Hurricanes’ 49-13 region win over St. Andrew’s Friday on James Island.

At 5-foot-8, 145 pounds, Green was largely left off recruiting radars as a defensive back for West Ashley his first three years of high school. First Baptist head coach Johnny Waters saw Green as more of a receiver, though, and when given the opportunity on offense Green exploded with 63 catches for 1,113 yards and nine touchdowns for the Hurricanes this season. “He had the desire to play college football and he just needed help getting there,” Waters said. “I’d never seen him catch a football but I told him ‘You’re not going to be a cornerback in college. You’re a slot receiver.’ He tried it for the first time and was outstanding at it. The rest is history.” 

"Transferring to First Baptist was the best decision I've ever made," Green said. "Since the day I met Coach Waters, he took me right under his wing. He told me he was going to get me into college and he kept his word. Playing for First Baptist allowed me to show more of my talents that I wasn't able to at West Ashley. I give all the credit to Coach Waters. He did everything he could and did everything that it took to get me where I wanted to be and I really appreciate that from him." 

Green's quickness initially opened eyes over the summer as First Baptist lit up the state’s seven-on-seven circuit. He carried the momentum into his official Hurricanes debut in the Sertoma Classic under the lights of The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium downtown. Green reeled in a deep catch at Palmetto Christian’s 16-yard line to set up First Baptist’s second score a play later. On the Hurricanes’ third drive, the shifty receiver caught a pass at the Palmetto Christian 15-yard line, danced around three defenders and dove into the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown.

Green then wasted little time igniting the crowd in his home debut at First Baptist, reeling in an 80-yard touchdown catch on the first play from scrimmage. He’s a gamer,” Waters said. “He loves the big games.” Green posted big numbers weekly throughout the regular season and then did some of his best work late in the year. He caught two touchdowns in First Baptist’s lopsided win over Trinity-Byrnes in the SCISA AA Lower State title game. He then reeled in a 35-yard score and later returned a punt 54-yards that set up another touchdown on the following play against Robert E. Lee in the state championship game."He was a huge part of us winning the state championship,” Water said. “When we needed a big play, he was there to make it.” His outstanding season earned him a spot in the SCISA North-South all-star game, where he caught three touchdowns and threw for another against the best private school competition in the state.

First Baptist receiver Ahmad Green accounted for four touchdowns in the SCISA North-South All Star Game Saturday in Summerville.

First Baptist didn’t have a college signee for more than half-decade before offensive lineman Joe Sweatt signed with Wingate in 2015. Green becomes the Hurricanes’ second in as many years, thanks largely to the school’s sharp turnaround since hiring Waters in 2014. “It means the world for our program to receive the attention but I’m more excited for Ahmad and these players,” Waters said. “It’s another step in the process for our program and it shows that you can come to First Baptist, get a great education and accomplish all your goals on the field.”  Waters will be able to watch Green live for the next few years as his son, J.T., is a sophomore receiver at Newberry. "It feels incredible," Green said. "Not everyone gets this opportunity but thanks to God that I was chosen. I'm just thankful for this opportunity. It's like a dream coming true."

First Baptist’s Ahmad Green in leading the area in receiving yards through Week 1 of the 2016 football season.