June 20, 2008

Green had great time in Columbus

Friday was a near perfect day at the Ohio State senior advanced camp despite overcast skies that blanketed Columbus. Louisville (Ky.) Male athlete/cornerback Justin Green has spent more than a little time in Columbus and knows his way around after watching the Buckeyes since grade school. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound four star saw everything that he needed to see at Ohio State but did not pull the trigger on Friday and will head back home with a lot to think about.

"It went really well," Green said. "We went through agility drills and individual drills and it was a pretty good camp."

Green was one of the fastest if not the fastest player at the Woody Hayes Athletic Center on Friday and if anyone had any questions about his natural talents they were answered on Friday afternoon.

"I felt like in the drills that I did okay," Green said. "But I slipped up on a couple of drills because I had never done them before but I felt that I had an okay performance at the camp."

The four star athlete saw most of his action on the offensive side of the ball last season in high school but opted to work out on defense at the Ohio State camp. Despite having a couple of slips in the unfamiliar drills he still felt that he had a good chance to show off what he is all about on the field.

"I just went as a defensive back," Green said. "I only did the first session so I didn't get to do one on ones because I had to get back home."

Did any other player at the camp really jump out to Green with so many highly sought after recruits assembled at the Ohio State camp?

"(Bradley) McDougald looked good," Green said. "I thought he had really good ball skills… he really stuck out to me."

Green was there to witness another Buckeye legacy commit as Duron Carter gave his pledge to the Buckeyes. Did older brother Marcus give him any friction about being another legacy commitment to the Buckeyes?

"We kind of talk about that possibility of me coming to Ohio State but he wants me to still look at other schools and just to be 100-percent that this decision that I am about to make is going to be the right choice," Green said. "But every now and then though we touch upon that (possibility of following him)."

Overall the trip garnered high marks from Green but there was no reason to expect any different for the current Rivals100 member. Columbus has been almost like a second home and Green knows that he would feel comfortable to play for the Buckeyes if he ultimately decided to select Ohio State.

"Yeah I feel like it is a good place and I feel like I can get done what I need to get taken care of," Green said. "It is a place with good people and just full of talent."

So what is next for Green and his recruitment now that this trip to see his brother's alma mater is in the books?

"I am going to Illinois on Tuesday to take a visit," Green said.

Green doesn't have a firm timetable to when he wants to have a decision done by but will know when everything feels right to him and make his decision from that point.

"I don't know what is going to happen (with space in the class)," Green said. "I do know that the class is filling up and that does play a role in my decision making and I am just going to go on a couple more visits and then I will probably make a decision after that."

The Buckeyes would love to land Green but don't want to put any pressure on the Rivals100 athlete to make a hasty decision or feel that he has to follow up because of family bonds.

"We didn't really get into time tables and all of that," Green said. "The last time that I had talked to coach Tressel he was just talking about how he would love to have me but he still wants me to go to a place where I want to be at and not just because my brother went to Ohio State. We just kind of touched on that and he wants me to be happy with the decision that I will make."

And when could that decision come?

"It could be July or it could be January," Green said. "Who knows."

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