Green Looking But Still Committed To OSU

This past weekend saw Ohio State host the majority of its class of 2009 for official visits. Among them was Justin Green, a four-star cornerback prospect from Louisville (Ky.) Male. Find out how the trip went, where else he will be visiting and where his commitment to the Buckeyes stands throughout it all in this update.

This past weekend, Justin Green was one of more than a dozen verbal members of Ohio State's class of 2009 to take an official visit to the school.

Whether he will still be a part of that class when National Signing Day rolls around is anyone's guess. As of now, Green's guess is that he will be a Buckeye.

"That's basically how it is," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "It's Ohio State unless I change my mind, which probably won't happen."

Although he has four other official visits planned for the remaining weeks between now and signing day, the product of Louisville (Ky.) Male has found himself impressed with what the Buckeyes have to offer while in town for his official visit there. No neophyte when it comes to the OSU program, Green – whose older brother, Marcus, played for the Buckeyes – was also on hand when OSU hosted Penn State and Michigan this season.

But this most recent trip helped Green feel more confident in the school he initially verbally pledged to before his senior season even got underway. For that, the Buckeyes have two freshmen in DeVier Posey and Orhian Johnson to thank.

"I always looked up to the program, but when I come in next year I was always kind of getting a little anxious and nervous about the whole situation of coming in a freshman," Green said. "When I got around DeVier and Orhian, I got a real good feel and they made me feel real good about coming in next year. I feel a little bit more comfortable."

Posey and Johnson were not the only people the four-star cornerback prospect got to interact with while in Columbus. Green, who is being recruited by the Buckeyes as a cornerback, spent a large amount of time with a couple players who will also be manning the OSU secondary in the coming years: Dominic Clarke, Jamie Wood and C.J. Barnett, all verbally committed to the Buckeyes.

In addition, Green said he got to spend time with Storm Klein and Chris Fields.

"It was real fun," he said. "I enjoyed being around all the other commitments and seeing what they were like and I enjoyed being around some of the players too. I got a real good feel."

The two people he saw the most, however, were Posey and Johnson.

"We were with both of them most of the time," he said. "At first I didn't know what to expect and I didn't know how they were going to act around us, but the players acted like themselves and they showed us a good time. They didn't try to front us. They were real and up front with us."

In addition, Green spent time talking to the OSU coaches. Cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson was the recipient of much of that time.

The Buckeyes remain Green's team, but he has kept their coaching staff in the loop as he has scheduled official visits elsewhere. Next up this weekend is the University of Kentucky, which will be his final official visit of the calendar year.

Following that, Green will take a trip to Clemson on Jan. 9. The next two weekends will see him trip to Alabama and Illinois, respectively. All four schools have offered.

"I'm going to be looking at the people in the program," he said. "I want to see how they conduct practices and meetings and see the different traditions that they each have. That's basically it."

Although there are official visits on the schedule, Green said there is no press conference set for him to declare his final intentions. Unless something major happens, he said, he will be a Buckeye come signing day.

"It's still Ohio State right now, but I would like to take other visits as well and see what other programs are like," he said. "That's the big thing about me taking those visits."


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