Green Still Wants To Stay Patient

Justin Green brought with him to Ohio State the intention to tell the OSU coaching staff he wants to be patient in picking a college. The versatile athlete did just that, and he told how head coach Jim Tressel reacted.

Justin Green left Columbus with the same intentions for his recruitment that he took with him to Ohio's capital city.

The four-star athlete from Louisville (Ky.) Male told on Monday night he planned not to be quick to make a decision on where he will play his college football, and after returning home he still saw that as the way to go.

With Ohio State's recruiting class filling up at a record pace, though, what did Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel say when Green informed him of those intentions?

"He said if there was a case of (the class filling up), he would let me know," Green said. "It would be his job to let me know what the circumstances were."

Green reports that Tressel told him taking the recruiting process slow "is perfectly fine, because they want me to make the right decision even if it isn't Ohio State. He said that's fine."

Though Green is considered a potential difference maker on either side of the ball in college, Ohio State is recruiting him as a defensive back. The Buckeyes have signed up quite a few DBs over the past couple of years and appear to have extended a multitude of offers again this season. After his most-recent visit to Columbus, Green knows why.

"Coach Tressel said to be a good team you've got to have a lot of defensive backs because everybody's offense is spreading it out and throwing the ball all over the place," Green said. "He stressed that a lot to me, that I could be a pretty good defensive back for him."

Although Green, whose brother Marcus played defensive line for Tressel from 2002-05, has seen the Ohio State campus a few times before, he still came away impressed by this trip.

"I'm always surprised at the whole program, how they run things at Ohio State," he said. "Everything is run orderly. It's a great atmosphere to be around.

"It's always an experience when I go up there."

Next up is a trip to Illinois on Tuesday. The younger Green said he visited the campus in Champaign once before along with his high school team for a passing camp, but this will be the first chance he gets to be shown around the football facilities.

Illinois, which joins the likes of Ohio State, Alabama, Louisville, West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee in offering Green a scholarship, would like for him to play running back or wide receiver in college.

Either way, Green still plans to take things slow.

"I'm still going to wait things out and just see what happens," he said.

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