Spartans on 4-star Athlete's Radar

Justin Green has known Michigan State head coach Mark Dantonio for years. The Louisville athlete with an MSU offer updated GSN on his recruitment, which includes serious interest from the SEC, and where he might end up on the field if he chooses to be a Spartan.

Justin Green met Mark Dantonio in the fourth grade. No, this isn't Kentucky basketball where a kid might have been offered that young; Green's brother played for Ohio State when Dantonio was building championship defenses there.

"When he recruited my brother there I got to know Coach Dantonio a lot as a person," Green said. "I got to see him again on a visit (to MSU), so I know him pretty well. I have a good relationship with him."

Could such a relationship give the Spartans a leg-up on the competition?

"It's definitely an advantage because I know he is a good person," Green said. "I know he wouldn't do me wrong, I know he's going to tell me things straightforward."

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound athlete from Louisville, Ky., who runs a 4.41 in the 40-yard dash, would likely find a home in the secondary at Michigan State.

But many are recruiting him as an offensive prospect as well. He says he enjoys playing offense a little bit more, but it really doesn't matter where he ends up on the gridiron in college.

"It's really kind of up in the air right now," he said. "I like doing both."

He continued: "Some people are recruiting me as a running back/receiver and some of them are looking at me on the defensive side of the ball. They're (Michigan State) recruiting me as a defensive back and a receiver."

Lately, Green has been pulling in offers as word spreads about's 13-ranked cornerback in the country. He holds about a dozen offers, including one from MSU, and has SEC teams such as Alabama, Tennessee extending scholarships, not to mention Miami (FL).

"It's been pretty busy, but it's going to get a lot more busy this summer when I take my visits," he said, adding he enjoys that part of the process. "It's nice looking at the different states and different campuses."

Before next season begins, when he'll assume a leadership role on a relatively young squad for Louisville Male High School, Green plans on taking unofficials and attending a few camps, "But I haven't decided which ones."

He has no plans to make a quick decision and is eager to learn more about the programs he's interested in. He has no top-5 list and says recruiting is wide open. He also notes that he feels no pressure to stay in-state, or even in-city to play for the Cardinals.

So for a team like Michigan State, with an established relationship and an ever-present need for quality cornerbacks, that's good news.

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