Friday, April 26, 2013
Ohio State offers two more from Georgia
By Brad Bournival
Ohio State fans weren’t thinking Urban Meyer’s raid of Georgia was over, were they?
The two-time national champion proved he’s going to continue to hit the Peach State with offers to ESPN 150 cornerback Wesley Green (Lithonia, Ga./Martin Luther King) and budding 2015 star Taj Griffin (Powder Springs, Ga./McEachern) at running back.
Green is no stranger to recruiting, as he has offers from Akron, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, LSU, Miami (Fla.), Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Syracuse, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Green is the 18th Georgian offered by the Buckeyes from the Class of 2014, and he said Ohio State’s offer ranks right up there with the best.
“It means a lot to me,” the 5-foot-11, 162-pound Green said. “I know they’re DB (defensive back) University, so I’ll have to make a visit soon.
“I’m not sure if I’m going to make it up [this summer], but I do plan on making an official visit there.”
Green, who already has an invitation to The Opening, has been a stalwart on defense, which is why he’s ranked 110th overall and as the 13th-best cornerback in the nation.
As a junior, Green registered 66 tackles, 15 knockdowns, two interceptions for a touchdown and two forced fumbles. As a sophomore, he had 40 tackles, six interceptions and five forced fumbles.
As impressive as those numbers are, so is the fact Meyer is looking his way, according to Green.
“That feels pretty good,” Green said. “This recruiting process is hectic right now. To hear he wants me to play for him, it feels pretty great.”
Griffin is starting to see his recruitment blow up, as well. The 5-9, 171-pound sophomore already has offers from Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Pittsburgh and UCLA after a season in which he rushed for 675 yards and scored seven touchdowns despite getting only six or seven carries per game.
Like Green, the Buckeyes’ offer ranks pretty high.
“It means a lot to have that interest and to have a program like that want me,” Griffin said. “I feel like if I go there, I can do great things.
“They’re high on my list. I’d like to see how the facilities are to see where I’d be in a couple years. I’ll have to meet the coaching staff, as well.”
Griffin isn’t just appeasing the Ohio State faithful, either, as he already has made plans to attend one of the Buckeyes’ June skills camps.