Early Playing Time Key Factor for Tyler Green

AllHoosiers.com's Ben Faunce caught up with new IU commit S Tyler Green, who said IU gave him the best opportunity to get on the field as a freshman. See what else Green had to say about his decision, and what he brings the Hoosiers.

Coach Kevin Wilson made a big splash Sunday when he got three-star safety Tyler Green to commit to Indiana.

The Hyattsville (Md.) native made his commitment to Wilson and the Hoosiers before the weekend was over, so Wilson had Green help add a few more commits.

And Green’s help paid off. Since the No. 51 ranked safety in the nation tweeted out his commitment to IU early on Sunday, four other recruits have made a commitment to the Hoosiers.

“Sunday morning Wilson told me that he needed me to put out that tweet that I committed because it would mean a lot for the program,” Green said. “To have four people commit right after you shows that you are a big factor to the program. That meant a lot to me.”

Early last week, Green announced via Twitter his decision to de-commit from Ohio State and open up his recruitment.

Green made an official campus visit to Indiana a few days later, and he was blown away. The most important factor in his decision was something the IU staff told the 6-foot-3, 180-pound safety was attainable.

“Early playing time is a huge factor in my decision,” Green told AllHoosiers.com. “At OSU they kind of make you wait your turn. (Head Coach) Urban (Meyer) kind of tells you that you have the potential and you’ll get your opportunity when the time comes. At IU, they told me that with my height, weight and speed I have the measurables to be a starter now if I put the work in.”

Green is a game changer for the Hoosiers’ 2015 class, and the coaching staff made sure Green knew that. Green is the type of player that can step in and make an impact on defense from day one.

“They let me know I could be the face of the defense, that I was a guy they needed and they wanted,” Green said. “Over at Ohio State, they may want you, but maybe not need you.”

It was a long road for Green and the Hoosiers, as the IU staff has been on the Green trail for some time now. Even as a Buckeye commit, Green received in-home visits from IU coaches on two separate occasions.

Earlier in the year, defensive recruiting specialist, Coach Ryan McInerney went to Maryland to visit Green both at school and in his home. More recently, Wilson and safeties coach Noah Joseph also gave Green an in-home visit in pursuit of the top safety in Maryland.

Those visits established a great relationship between Green and the IU staff, and Green said that played a major role in his decision.

After making his visit to IU over the weekend, Green was sold. He felt like the players really wanted him to be a part of the team, specifically mentioning linebacker Tegray Scales as someone he connected with.

“We had dinner and hung out on campus and they really took care of me,” Green said. “I really enjoyed my time. Tegray is a guy that looked out for me on my official visit. Just being around him, he’s very energetic, all of them are great guys to be around and just hang out with.”

Green brings a great skill set to the Hoosier defense. To go along with great size, Green said he has great speed and the ability to flip his hips like a cornerback. With that combination, Green should make a great free safety.

Green is a sideline-to-sideline player, and he is someone who can be placed all over the secondary. Even if it is as a nickelback, Green is already talented enough to step in as a true freshman and make big plays.

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