Green Excited About Future

Justin Green has caused Ohio State recruiting fans to wring their hands for much of the past few months, but a trip to Clemson has helped Green re-affirm his commitment to Ohio State. Find out what sort of player the Buckeyes are getting -- and where he played this season.

Things just keep looking better and better for Justin Green.

This past weekend, the four-star athlete from Louisville (Ky.) Male took his long-anticipated official visit to Clemson. The visit went well and he had a good time, but the weekend ended with Green re-affirming his verbal pledge to attend Ohio State next year.

Now, with Thursday's announcement that Buckeye cornerback Donald Washington will not be returning for next season, Green has an even clearer shot at playing time as a true freshman.

Not that he's looking at the situation in that light.

"That is definitely exciting and it could help the incoming freshmen out," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I'm just going to be focused on getting better and trying to do my best at everything the coaches tell me to do."

The 5-11, 180-pound Green is ranked as the No. 23 cornerback in the country by Scout.com. A versatile athlete who has been projected at a number of positions in college, Green found himself at a new spot this season.

Out of sheer need, Male head coach Bob Redman shifted Green a little closer to the line of scrimmage.

"Out of necessity he's played a little bit of everything for us," he said. "He's played running back, which he's obviously very good at. He played defensive back as a junior. This year we played him at inside linebacker and he was magnificent. Not his normal position nor would I ever normally play him there, but we had to because we weren't quite as talented as we've been in the past and he's our best hitter so we put him there. He was magnificent."

Green said it was an adjustment, but that he enjoyed his time at the new position.

"It was plenty of fun," he said. "It got brutal at times, but I just had to use my speed and agility to get away from blocks and make plays."

It is that speed and agility that has Buckeye fans breathing a sigh of relief that Green will be coming to Columbus next season. Although he issued a verbal commitment to the Buckeyes months ago, Green continued to discuss the possibility of taking other official visits. In particular, Clemson seemed to hold a certain appeal for Green.

But with no more visits on the docket, Green said he is glad to be 100 percent certain of his decision.

"I wanted to go down there just to see what it was about," he said of Clemson. "They've been recruiting me for so long, I wanted to say if what they were saying was true about the program. I had a real good visit, but I think it just helped me be sure."

Upon returning from his visit, Green said he called the OSU coaching staff to let them know about the situation.

"I don't know if they were relieved or not, but they were happy that I was still going to be a Buckeye," he said. "I planned on being a Buckeye all along, but I didn't want to just limit myself to that. I wanted to see what else was out there."

Also a track star, Green is looking forward to having one more season as a runner. Green said he has been timed at 10.6 seconds in the 100-meters, 48.4 seconds in the 400 and 21.8 in the 200.

That speed coupled with a strong work ethic have Green focused on becoming an impact player in college.

"I feel like there's plenty of room to grow," he said. "I still haven't learned all the things that I should learn. I know there's tons and tons more work that I can do to get better. I just feel like once I learn everything I need to to play my position then I think I'll be all right."

Redman doesn't quite see it that way, however.

"What can he play in college? I think his best position is probably as a corner," he said. "He's a great cover guy and a big hitter. Obviously he's got quality speed. He's the real deal that way. I've had several guys go through here and make it to the league and I think he's an NFL corner. That's what I think he is."


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