Justin Green Speaks Out On Clemson, OSU

Ever since word got out that Louisville (Ky.) Male athlete Justin Green was interested in Clemson after issuing a verbal commitment to Ohio State, Buckeye fans have wanted to know Green's status. The four-star prospect addressed that topic and others with BuckeyeSports.com.

With a recruiting class that now boasts 25 verbal commitments, there are bound to be a few players who consider not honoring their pledges to Ohio State. As the days have turned into football season, one who was openly considering doing so was Justin Green, a four-star cornerback prospect from Louisville (Ky.) male.

As his season was about to get underway, Green – who was the 21st player to verbally commit to the Buckeyes when he did so in late June – had OSU fans in a mini-uproar when he announced that he was hoping for a scholarship offer from Clemson. An offer would let him take an official visit and force him to reconsider his verbal commitment to the Buckeyes.

After taking in OSU's home opener on an unofficial, that sentiment remained largely the same – and the Buckeye coaches are aware of the situation.

"I said I would take a visit (to Clemson) just to see what things are like, but I'm solid with my commitment (to OSU)," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I talked to one of the coaches about it. They said it's fine. They want me to take visits and stuff because they know it's a tough decision for me."

Although he admits that he might have pulled the trigger partly out of fear of the Buckeyes running out of spots – he was verbal commitment No. 21 for the class of 2009 – Green still said he did so because it was the right decision.

"It did cross my mind, but I felt the time when I committed was right so I just made the commitment then," he said.

The younger brother of former Buckeye Marcus Green, Justin had seen a number of games at Ohio Stadium. This most recent trip was impressive but did not tell him anything new about the Buckeyes, he said, but it did increase his desire to wear the Scarlet and Gray next season.

Marcus made the trip with him as well.

"It's pretty much the same every time I go up there," Justin said. "It's just like, ‘Wow, I can't wait to put my equipment on and start playing.' It was nice. It was good to see a big crowd for such a small game. I really liked it."

As his senior season gets underway, Green has spent time at running back, safety and receiver as well as a new position. For the first time since he played little league football, Green is also lining up at linebacker.

Standing 5-11, Green said he is up to 182 pounds and is adjusting to playing at a slightly heavier weight. Scout ranks him as the No. 21 cornerback prospect in the country.

"I think it's a lot of fun," he said.

Where he will play at OSU remains undetermined at this point, Green said.

"I haven't really sat down and talked with (the coaches) much about that, but I plan to talk with them and give them a call and see where I would stand as far as that would go," he said.

Green was one of a number of verbal members of the class on hand for the YSU game, and he spent a decent portion of his time with Jordan Whiting, who preps at nearby Louisville (Ky.) Trinity. He also spent some time talking with OSU head coach Jim Tressel, cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson and safeties coach Paul Haynes.

As for the recruits, the two Louisville natives are becoming good friends, Green said.

"We're real close and tight," he said. "We always joke around with each, call each other up and hang out around Louisville. We have a close relationship."

That close relationship figures to be another reason why Green ultimately winds up a Buckeye, but as for now it appears nothing is written in stone for this four-star prospect. For now, though, Green remains a Buckeye.


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