June 22, 2008

Buckeyes land Rivals100 bluechipper

When Louisville (Ky.) Male high school athlete/cornerback Justin Green left Columbus this past weekend the chances of the 5-foot-10, 178-pounder following his older brother's footsteps to Ohio State seemed a little unsure.

There was no doubt that the four star member of the Rivals100 had the desire to play for the Buckeyes or that the Buckeyes in turn wanted desperately to land Green but it might have all come down to a matter of timing. Green finally got the time that he wanted with the coaching staff and that made the difference.

"I hadn't talked to the coaches really when they had offered so it was just a matter of getting to know the coaches a little bit better," Green said. "And just seeing how they wanted to use me and how I would fit in their plans. I liked what they had to say and so I went ahead and just committed."

Green was no stranger to the Ohio State campus after spending time in Columbus since being in the fourth grade to check out things when older brother Marcus played for the Buckeyes. Now with Marcus spending a good part of the year in central Ohio it will be Justin who will be wearing the scarlet and gray and is the second legacy commitment of the weekend for the Buckeyes (Duron Carter being the first).

"I haven't even had a chance to tell Marcus (yet tonight)," Green said. "I told him that I was committing but I didn't tell him when I would. He thinks it is really good for me, of course he went there so he thinks it is a great place and a great fit for me."

The newest Buckeye was really impressed with the coaching staff and on Sunday night upon issuing his commitment got a lot of good feedback from Jim Tressel and the coaching staff.

"(Coach Tressel) was really glad to have me on board and he said that I am kind of keeping it in the family," Green said. "He said a lot of positive things to me."

Green has been listed as an athlete by many people and even though Green worked out at the Ohio State camp as a defensive back the door is not closed on offense even though it seems that defense could be the primary look.

"Coach Tressel likes me at cornerback and so does coach (Taver) Johnson," Green said. "They think that I can play both sides of the ball so I really don't know what the future holds or what position I am going to play. More than likely it will be at cornerback."

After leaving on Friday without a commitment what changed for Green to end the process now?

"After I got done talking with the coaches I realized that Ohio State was the place that I wanted to be," Green said. "I thought about it for a day, and I knew all along that I wanted to go there but I still wanted to view other schools and options."

Was there any family pressure (in a good way) from older brother Marcus to put the Buckeyes over the top?

"He wasn't forcing me to go and I just kind of took it upon myself," Green said.

Green is the third commitment of the weekend with Duron Carter and Carlos Hyde both committing in the last couple of days. The Buckeyes could be on the verge of landing a couple more commits in the coming days.

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