October 26, 2008

Green still knows where he wants to go

The Ohio State recruiting effort not only opened its doors for uncommitted 2009 and potential 2010 targets on Saturday night with most of the current commitments from the class of 2009 in attendance. One player who seems to still be drawing a lot of attention is defensive back Justin Green]. The 5-foot-11, 178-pound four star is the younger brother of former Buckeye Marcus Green and despite committing back in June has still be looking around but has not wavered on where he wants to go to school.

"Really I am still 100-percent committed and I already know where I am going," Green said. "I just think it is always good to look at other places and see what they have to offer… but I feel really good about my decision."

Green made a visit to Illinois earlier in the month and had mentioned the desire to check out Clemson prior to the coaching change at the ACC school. Green's older brother has been a big help during the recruiting process and has helped the Rivals100 commitment keep everything in check.

"He has been helping me along the way and kind of encouraging me to look at other places and telling me about all of the other schools and how the process has changed from when he was being recruited so he has been a big help," Green said.

Green came away impressed with the crowd and the environment of Saturday night's game and despite the Buckeyes coming up short, still thought that it was a great game and a great experience.

"I thought it was a real good game," Green said. "I thought both teams played hard and I thought Penn State made a few more plays than we did and they just the good end of the stick. I think we'll bounce back."

The No. 2 ranked player in the state of Kentucky (rated by Rivals.com) had plenty of good things to stay about freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor and despite the night coming down to a critical fumble it was still a strong performance in the eyes of the speedy cornerback.

"I thought Terrelle played well," Green said. "He has a lot on his shoulders as a freshman but I think he did really well and he will learn from his mistakes and move on."

Is there any chance that Green could be in the same offensive huddle with Pryor or is it defense all the way?

"They (the coaches) are kind of leaning more toward defense right now but I think that one of the coaches said it was possible for me to play offense too," Green said. "Coach (Jim) Heacock said it was possible that I could play offense too but wherever I can help the team out the most is where I will play."

Green will try and make his official visit either the first or second weekend of December along with most of the other Ohio State commitments. Green said that he is unsure which of the two weeks will fit best into his plans at this time. But for now Green is focusing on getting healthy and the end of his high school career. His Louisville (Ky.) Male high school team is 6-2 with two games to go but Green has missed the last three games with a sprained MCL.

The future Buckeye may or may not be back in the lineup this upcoming weekend but hopes to be back on the field for the season finale and hopefully a deep run into the playoffs.


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