Jason Green held to a short list of criteria when looking for a home after high school -- a place that would allow him to earn a college education and continue to play football.
The Battery Creek High School linebacker found his fit during a visit to Limestone College, bonding with everyone he met and feeling as if he had already been accepted. The Saints waited to assess their needs and offered Green a chance to fill a hole as a strong safety/linebacker hybrid.
He signed at Battery Creek on Friday with his mother, Dorothy Jamison, and uncle, Freddie Lawton.
"I heard Gaffney is a football town," Green said. "I feel like it will be a great atmosphere."
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Green helped a Dolphins team that transitioned to Class 2-A for his junior and senior seasons. In 2012, the Dolphins earned their first playoff victory in a decade.
His final season, Green finished with 133 total tackles, including eight sacks and six tackles for loss.
Battery Creek coach Jim Shuman began sending Green's highlights to Limestone his junior year and had been talking with Limestone coaches about Green since the fall. Shuman thinks the Saints' plan for Green is similar to the rover position he played in the Dolphins' 3-5 defense.
"It's a growing program," Shuman said. "The academics-first environment is what I like about it as a coach."
Limestone will field a football team for the first time in the fall after recruiting its initial class in 2013. Green's former teammate, Justin Frazier, was among that group and will compete for a starting spot on the offensive line. Former Beaufort High running back JaClay Mixon also joined the Saints in 2013 and is still with the program.
Green said he welcomed the opportunity to help establish the program.
"It's not like you're going somewhere where coaches already have favorites," Green said. "It's like anybody gets a chance to play."