June 17, 2008

Green ready to make trip north

For most teams the biggest recruiting weekend of the year either takes place during or after the season but not for Ohio State in the class of 2009. This upcoming weekend the Buckeyes will have more than a handful of top prospects in Columbus for the second and final senior advanced camp of the summer and with scholarship numbers starting to dwindle it could be a race to the finish line for some players if they want to secure a spot in the class.

One player who will be in town is Louisville (Ky.) athlete Justin Green. The 5-foot-11, 178-pounder is the younger brother of former Buckeye Marcus Green and the Rivals100 star picked up an offer from Ohio State less than two weeks ago and now will get a chance to check things out at his brother's alma mater.

"Actually I am heading up today (Tuesday) with my brother," Green said. "I will stay through the camp on Friday and then leave."

With an older brother who played in Columbus this won't be a first trip for Justin and the trip up Interstate 71 seems pretty routine now for the four star blue-chipper.

"I keep going up there now because Marcus lives up there," Green said. "Ever since the fourth grade I have been going up to Columbus basically."

This weekend promises to be filled with many top name players all coming to town with many of the players looking to participate in the camp. Green is looking forward to working out at the camp and showing what he is capable of doing and going against some top competition.

"I am going to go up there and try and work out maybe as a defensive back and running back just to try different things," Green said.

The Buckeyes have several cornerback offers on the board and while Green is listed in most databases as a cornerback prospect the talented player has the versatility to play on either side of the ball.

"Coach (Jim) Heacock said they are looking at me as an athlete but he said he likes me on the defensive side of the ball too," Green said. "He sees me as a cornerback."

But the Ohio State offensive coaches might see Green in a different light and could try and say that they see him playing on the other side of the ball.

"Yeah, that is what (coaches) always try to do (laugh)," Green joked.

Many players will get a first or second chance this weekend to check out the Ohio State campus but what does a player who knows Columbus like the back of his hand have to look forward to?

"Mainly I want to go up there and see what the coaches have to say," Green said. "I want to see what they can play me at or how they can use me. That is the main reason I am going up there."

While it may be a mystery as to how many players Jim Tressel and the coaching staff will be able to land in the class of 2009 there is no secret that spots are going fast. Will the possibility of the class filling up play any role in Green's decision timetable?

"It weighs a little bit but I really want to decide when I am ready to decide," Green said. "I would like to take everything in. I guess if it happened to fill up and I didn't commit I would have to look other places but I don't know what I am going to do. I am just going to see what the coaches have to say and go from there."

Green didn't close the door completely on what could happen this weekend with a better than expected visit but with that being said the Louisville (Ky.) Male high school star isn't showing his cards at this point.

"Even if it was a good visit and I liked it a lot I would probably still try and wait as long as I could so I could see other places," Green said.

Green holds offers from a multitude of schools including Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami (Fla.), Northwestern, Tennessee and Wake Forest and everyone on that list is hoping that Green doesn't push all-in while in Columbus.

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