OSU Got In Early On Green

Ohio State has had success recruiting the Sunshine State in recent years, and this year the Buckeyes have their eyes on a number of prospects from Florida. One of them is Christian Green, a wide receiver they have been after for some time now.

When it comes to recruiting out of state, one of the keys is often getting in on a player early in the process. Take the case of Christian Green and Ohio State for example.

Now heading into his senior season, the 6-2, 185-pound athlete from Tampa (Fla.) Catholic has drawn the attention of schools from across the country. One of those schools is OSU, but the Buckeyes have not just recently jumped into the picture.

"They knew about him and talked to him a little bit during the spring of his sophomore year," Catholic head coach Rob Henriquez told BuckeyeSports.com. "They were calling me and asking me questions about him, so they were in pretty early."

So early, in fact, that the Buckeyes beat a number of Florida schools to the punch and surprised Henriquez in the process.

"It was a little bit surprising," he said. "Traditionally I would've expected the Florida schools, but for a Big Ten school and one of that stature, that speaks to the potential people see in this kid. He will definitely be one of the top recruits in Florida next year."

As a junior, Green completed 66 percent of his passes for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns and added 600 yards and five more touchdowns on the ground. Although he has been primarily used at quarterback for Catholic, Green is widely regarded as a wide receiver at the next level.

Scout.com ranks him as the No. 8 wide receiver prospect in the country despite his extensive quarterback experience. He primarily served under center as a junior but will see more opportunities across the offense this season, Henriquez said.

"I'm anticipating him next year using him at more spots as well because we're pretty deep at quarterback but he's an exciting player," he said. "Every time he touches the ball, people hold their breath. We're going to try to utilize those talents and move him around, play him at wide receiver and maybe at running back."

As for the next level, Henriquez said Green's best position will be determined by the offense he is a part of. Most schools are recruiting him as a receiver, and Henriquez said that is Green's preference.

In describing his abilities, Henriquez likened Green to former Florida standout Percy Harvin.

"He's a superior athlete," the coach said. "He can do it all, run, jump. He's a big, strong kid. He's got all the tools."

That has led to plenty of interest from colleges. Green holds offers from the likes of Florida State, Florida, Miami (Fla.), USC and Georgia, among others. Henriquez said he speaks with Green on a near-daily basis about his recruitment.

"It's a constant conversation of what's going on and then advising as best as I can," he said. "Having been around this and having done this for a while and having had national recruits before, it helps to give him an idea of what's coming."

According to Henriquez, Green will try and narrow his list before the summer rolls around so he can better focus on his senior season.

"Then he'll go into the summer knowing those are the schools he's definitely interested in and then he'll narrow that down and pretty much have a choice by the time he gets to the season or a short list of choices," he said. "That way he's not wasting other people's time and not being bombarded or trying to be swayed one way or the other and it overshadows his senior year.

"The biggest thing for him is to not be caught up in the process and stay humble. So far so good."

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