Ohio State picked up their first commitment of June less than an hour ago when Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha Catholic safety/athlete Tyler Green committed immediately after receiving the scholarship offer he earned following a reportedly strong performance at the first one day camp of the summer.
Green is a guy who will likely slot in at the safety position when he arrives in Columbus next summer, though he does shine on the offensive side of the football at the high school level and could play wide receiver or tight end in college if things don't work out in the defensive backfield.
He was one of the most impressive players at Ohio State's camp today according to almost everyone who was in attendance. Green ran the 40-yard dash twice at the camp and was clocked at 4.40 and 4.41 respectively. His current height and weight is 6'3, 185 pounds.
There's a lot to like about Green's potential and athleticism, but there's no question that he'll need some coaching and work in the weight room before stepping on the football field at Ohio State. I love his upside, but think it's going to take a year or two before he becomes an impact player at the college level. There's certainly nothing wrong with that.
He's getting the chance to play football at his dream college and will have some of the best coaches in football to help him on his path to contributing at the college level. In terms of a comparison, he reminds a little of 2014 Buckeye signee Malik Hooker, though I'm not sure he's as athletic; Hooker was one of the best overall athletes in the 2014 class as a whole. They compare because they're both athletic defensive backs who need a little bit of conditioning and developing before becoming big time college football players.
Green will get another chance to show off his talent on a big stage next month when he participates in Nike's "The Opening 2014 thanks to a strong performance at the Washington, D.C. area Nike Football Training Camp at the end of April.
Here's what our Luke Zimmermann had to say about the newest Buckeye commitment. Luke saw him in action at the D.C. NFTC a little more than a month ago:
I saw Green in person at the event and thought that he looked the part for a high level FBS prospect. His frame suggested the ability to add weight in a major college conditioning program. His top speed didn't leave much of a memorable impression, but he was a long stride guy who was instinctive on the ball. He looked more safety than cornerback or tight end to me, and though he might not be a day one impact guy, he could be a few seasons from being in the mix for the Buckeyes.
LGHL football analyst Christopher Jason took a look at Green's tape and shared the following insight/analysis:
Standing at 6'3 and 195 pounds, Green brings great size to the Buckeye secondary. Right now he is projected to play safety at Ohio State and with his combination of size and athleticism, he fits the mold of Kam Chancellor of the Seattle Seahawks. With everyone looking for bigger players in the secondary, Green is the perfect fit.
Green possesses very good instincts and he has high football IQ, diagnosing plays rather quickly. He gets out of his backpedal seamlessly before breaking on the ball carrier or the football in the air. Green uses his quick play recognition to his advantage especially in run support, where he stands out.
He has a muscular frame but has still yet to fill out, I would expect him to gain another 20 pounds in the next year or two. Overall, Green is a great safety prospect who has the frame, athleticism and football IQ to eventually start in the Ohio State secondary.
Green is another guy who could emerge as a leader in this recruiting class along with quarterback commitment Joe Burrow, who pledged just about two weeks ago. He is the only member of Ohio State's 2015 class who is set to be at The Opening currently and will have the chance to recruit many of the Buckeyes' top targets for the class who will also be in attendance for the prestigious event.
After taking Erick Smith (who I think is going to be a very good safety for the Buckeyes) and the aforementioned Hooker in the 2014 recruiting class, I think Green is all they need in this class, unless they're about to land an elite safety (Rashad Roundtree). Right now that doesn't seem very likely.
We'll likely have a lot more on Green's commitment in the coming days.