Ruston’s Brandon Green plans to jump at LSU in 2023

Ruston High School Class of 2022 track and field stalwart Brandon “B.J.” Green, the country’s No. 1 triple jump prospect in next year’s recruiting class, has committed to compete at LSU, where his Bearcat teammate Dylon Nimmers is headed this fall.

Green announced his commitment on Twitter, presumably ending a recruiting process that has involved many of major college track and field’s top programs and has included some football programs.

The talented two-sport competitor is a well-regarded defensive back for the Bearcats football team, but his nationally-ranked triple jumps have him clearly established among the nation’s elite prospects in track and field’s 2022 recruiting class.

“After a great conversation with Coach Dennis Shaver and Coach Todd Lane, I want to further my athletic and academic career at LSU,” said Green’s post. “I am proud to announce that I have committed to Louisiana State University for track and field.”

Shaver is the Tigers’ head coach and Lane is their jumps coach. Lane ended his 14th season at LSU and most recently produced USA Olympian and NCAA champion high and long jumper JuVaughn Harrison. Shaver, head coach since 2004, has led LSU to a pair of women’s national titles and six second-place finishes on the men’s side.

Green was the boys composite All-State track and field team Outstanding Field Event Performer for 2021 after his performances on the track and on the jump runway spearheaded the Bearcats to the state Class 5A championship outdoors and a state runner-up finish indoors.

His 50-3 triple jump leap in his 2021 outdoor debut in Baton Rouge ranked fourth among national prep leaders this season – tops among underclassmen. Green’s outdoor TJ crown at this year’s state meet was his third overall individual state championship, going with two indoor TJ wins in the past two years.

Green was All-State this spring in three events: the 300 meter hurdles (38.72), as part of the 4×100 meter relay team that had Louisiana’s fastest time (41.14), and in the triple jump.

Nimmers, the Bearcats’ remarkable distance ace, signed with LSU earlier this year and will be a true freshman this fall for the Tigers.

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