During our last interview with DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md) cornerback Tyler Green, the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder emphasized that nearby Maryland was firmly in play for his services, but that his overall interest level was "warm." In other words, Green, who holds offers from UMD, NC State, Virginia, Hawaii and Indiana, had a few other programs on the brain besides the hometown school.
But apparently that thinking has changed following a June 2 trip to College Park, Md., according to Green's coach, Elijah Brooks. DeMatha's headman is heavily involved in his players' recruiting, and he's typically well aware what his Stags are thinking.
"Tyler really, really enjoyed the visit and I think it opened his eyes a little bit and made him consider some things," said Brooks, who noted that DeMatha students are currently taking final exams, thus Green was unavailable for an interview. "He definitely came away from [the trip] really liking Maryland, and he has Maryland at the top of his list right now."
Brooks said Green spent the majority of his College Park stay with his recruiter, Mike Locksley, and head coach Randy Edsall. The DeMatha coach didn't detail any specifics, but mentioned that Green really took to what both UMD coaches were telling him.
"He really connected with both of them. He likes Coach Locksley and Coach Edsall, and what they were saying about Maryland and how much of an impact he could have there," Brooks said. "Coach Locksley and Tyler have a very good connection, and Tyler definitely feels comfortable with him, and the same with Coach Edsall. They both have done really well with Tyler.
"And I think Tyler liked how the coaches [on the visit] took the time out to show him all the academics, the requirements, the support system at Maryland, and where he fit in as a student and as an athlete. [Green] kept saying how it was just a really good visit overall and he really got a sense of what it would be like at Maryland."
Locksley and Edsall aren't the only two Maryland coaches who have made an impression. Defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator Brian Stewart has drawn plenty of praise during previous Tyler Green interviews.
"I think Coach Stewart has a great plan for Tyler as a cornerback in their defense," Brook said. "I think Tyler thinks Coach Stewart can really help develop him and he'd fit in well there."
Of the other schools that have offered thus far, Brooks said Green has expressed an interest in Virginia. But, at this point, it looks like the Terps have the edge over the Cavaliers.
"For Tyler, he likes Maryland and Virginia, but he really is leaning towards playing in the Big Ten," Brooks said. "So Maryland is looking like the leader right now with that and we'll see how it plays out."
Ohio State, though, could throw a kink into things should it offer. Green will camp in Columbus, Ohio, this weekend and has said before if the Buckeyes offered he'd jump at it.
"He's going to go visit there, but I don't think if [OSU] offered he'd be ready to make a decision so soon. I know that's what he said [that he'd commit on the spot], but I didn't get the sense that's what he'd do," Brooks said. "I think he'd come home, evaluate everything and then go from there. He'll have to weigh what stood out about all the schools he's interested in."
Brooks said Green has no other planned visits after OSU. It's conceivable that, regardless of whether or not he received the Buckeyes' scholarship, he'll be ready to make his college decision later this month or in July.
"I think he'll take a look back at his last couple visits, and then if he feels like he's seen enough, he'll make a decision this month," Brooks said. "But if not, I think it'll be a one-day-at-a-time type of thing. We'll have to see."
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