Ohio State Football Recruiting: 3 Things 4-Star S Tyler Green Brings to Buckeyes

David RegimbalFeatured ColumnistJune 8, 2014

Credit: 247 Sports

Ohio State's 2015 recruiting got off to a slow start, but with summer camps officially underway, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes are starting to gain momentum.

On Sunday, that momentum came in the form of 4-star safety Tyler Green, who offered his verbal commitment to become the No. 4 pledge in Ohio State's class.

His decision came quickly.

According to Ari Wasserman of The Plain Dealer, Green committed the moment his offer came from the coaching staff.

"This was the one I was waiting for," Green said. "I am a Buckeye."

Now that Green is in the fold, here are three things he'll bring to Ohio State.



Green was in Columbus for Ohio State's football camp, where he received his offer and committed all in the same afternoon.

His speed stood out, which prompted the domino effect.

According to Eleven Warriors, Green ran a reported 4.41 40-yard dash:

That speed will come in handy as the Buckeyes rework their secondary.

With Chris Ash as co-defensive coordinator, Ohio State will be abandoning its zone for more man-to-man coverages. If the Buckeyes cornerbacks are expected to play on the line of scrimmage, they'll need fast safeties who can close quickly.

That's exactly what Green brings to the table for the Buckeyes.


Replacement for Ben Edwards 

Green's commitment is huge because the Buckeyes needed to replace 4-star safety Ben Edwards 

Tyler Green is a great replacement for 4-star safety Ben Edwards, who decommitted from Ohio State in April.
Tyler Green is a great replacement for 4-star safety Ben Edwards, who decommitted from Ohio State in April.Credit: 247 Sports

The Jacksonville, Florida, product pledged to Ohio State back in February, but two months later, he flipped his commitment to Gus Malzahn and the Auburn Tigers.

In need of a safety, Meyer had offers out to players such as Will SunderlandRashad Roundtree and Kendrell McFadden

After a two-month search, Meyer and the coaching staff found their guy in Green.

He'll join a pair of 4-star cornerback commits in Eric Glover-Williams and Jamel Dean


A Maryland Connection

When Ohio State hired defensive line coach Larry Johnson, the Buckeyes were inheriting his strong recruiting ties to the East Coastprimarily in the state of Maryland.

Johnson's relationship with Green was a huge factor, according to Wasserman.

"We had a good relationship back in Maryland and when he was at Penn State he was recruiting me," Green said. "He always stops by my school to see me and things like that. Really, it's all great." 

Green can now serve as Ohio State's pipeline into Maryland, a role he's willing accept, via John Brandon of Eleven Warriors.

"Coach Meyer told me he needed me to help get us some commits," Green said. "As soon as I get home, I'm trying to pull some guys in."

That could start with Darius Fullwood, a highly sought after 3-star defensive end from Olney, Maryland. Fullwood has offers from programs such as Alabama, Florida State, Miami, Penn State and Virginia Tech, but the Buckeyes are the overwhelming favorite.

Some encouragement from Green won't hurt Ohio State's cause at all.


All recruiting information courtesy of 247Sports.

David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report. 
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