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High school football: King's High quarterback Billy Green commits to Brigham Young

King's quarterback Billy Green verbally committed to Brigham Young after flying to Provo, Utah, Monday to take one more look at the school...

Seattle Times staff reporter

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King's quarterback Billy Green verbally committed to Brigham Young after flying to Provo, Utah, Monday to take one more look at the school.

"It's the old quote of when hard work meets opportunity," King's coach Jim Shapiro said. "That's Billy Green. Man, he's worked his butt off. He's surrounded himself with some good people and, at the end of the day, it's his own work ethic."

As a junior last season, the 6-foot-2, 196-pound passer took over as the Knights' starter and completed 182 of 277 passes for 2,397 yards and 40 touchdowns, leading King's to the Class 1A quarterfinals.

Brigham Young was the first Division I program to offer Green a scholarship, but he was drawing interest from several Pac-12 programs.

"He was down at the BYU showcase with 25 other quarterbacks from around the country and he beat them all out," Shapiro said. "He was the guy that did a great job down there. I think BYU is a good fit for him with his faith background. He was looking for a good community, a good academic institution and a quarterback university. That's BYU."

Green is the second consecutive quarterback at King's to commit to a Division I university, joining Thomas Vincent, who is a redshirt walk-on at Washington. Former Skyline quarterback Jake Heaps spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons at BYU before transferring to Kansas.


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Sports-information reports also contributed to this report.

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