April 24, 2009

Green enjoyed visit, interested in Ohio State

The recruitment of quarterbacks has been a hot topic for Ohio State's 2010 recruiting class and the Buckeyes have shown interest in other quarterbacks not named Nick Montana.

One signal caller Ohio State has shown a vast interest in is Tampa (Fla.) Tampa Catholic dual-threat quarterback Christian Green, a player who sports tremendous athleticism and could fit into a Buckeye offense that may be transitioning under current quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Green, a four-star recruit who ranks as the No. 37 player in the latest Rivals100, has had a recent visit to Ohio State and liked what he saw.

"I really enjoyed Ohio State and it's a really top notch university. The people there are great and so is the coaching staff," said Green, who is also being recruited by some as a wide receiver. "Everybody from the coaches to the players to the fans are great. It's a great place to be and I really enjoyed my time there."

Green has been in contact with Ohio State's Taver Johnson quite a bit and hopes to continue his talks with the Buckeye coach.

"We talk once our twice a week if I am not busy with my schedule," Green said. "The conversations are good. He is just giving me more information about the university and it is just him getting to know me and me getting to know him.

"I feel pretty comfortable with him," Green added. "I get more comfortable with him every single time we talk."

While there is still talk of possible scholarships geared toward him playing different positions at the next level, Green will surely have his choice tin terms of what is best for him.

Green already has stacked up a pretty impressive offer list, consisting of schools such as Ohio State, Florida, USC, Florida State, Michigan, Tennessee Miami, Louisville, South Florida, and just recently Oregon.

Because the stable of offers is already so packed - and more offers will surely come as time continues to progress - Green hasn't yet began narrowing down his list. Though he said he wants to make his commitment by the summer, or at least be done to a few schools, Green is still considering

"I don't have any top schools right now, but hopefully in the next few weeks ill start to narrow it down," Green said. "It is going to tough to narrow it down because all of them have great programs and facilities and people around them, so it is going to be hard but I have to make that decision."

One school that has caught Green's eye is Ohio State's biggest rival, Michigan. The Wolverines, who are still building their offense the way head coach Rich Rodriguez likes it, are looking at Green as a quarterback.

"Michigan is a really good school," Green said. "The coaching staff is was very good and they treated me well."

Even so, Green said there are things he still feels like he needs to improve on despite making plenty of plays at quarterback through the air and on the ground. Green passed for 1,200 yards and 14 touchdowns and rushed for 656 yards and six touchdowns in his junior season.

"I need to become aware as a quarterback with my reads and my technique," Green said. "I just need to be able to get better at looking downfield more when the pressure comes and just keeping my eyes downfield and not running too early and staying in the pocket."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at [email protected].

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