11W Community Interview: Hyattsville, Maryland Defensive Back Tyler Green

By Jeremy Birmingham on July 6, 2014 at 12:00p

The 11W Community Interview is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. You submit the questions, vote on them, and then we pass the top ones on to the biggest names in the world of Ohio State athletics.

This week's 11W Community Interview subject, Maryland's Tyler Green, has had a pretty crazy few months. The three-star prospect from Hyattsville went from a relative unknown in Buckeye circles to perhaps the most recognizable recruit in his class, thanks in part to the power of social media. It was early afternoon on June 17th when Green sent me the innocuous picture of him throwing up the "Block 'O'" at the University of Michigan, and within hours that image had made him the face of the new "Buckeye Nation." 

Green told Eleven Warrior's Jordan Wagner in March that Ohio State was the offered he coveted most, going so far as to insist that if a Buckeye offer came his way, that a commitment wouldn't be long after.  The 6-foot-3, 195-pound defensive back made good on that promise in early June when he committed to Ohio State just minutes after earning his offer during a one-day camp in Columbus. 

Now, a day before he prepares for his next major challenge: Nike's The Opening, Green takes some time to answer your questions about football, hobbies and of course, the picture that will live in infamy.

You were a kid who worked hard for your offer and seemed to commit on the spot. I love that. What was it like when the offer was extended and having all that work pay off? - ODeez330

TG: When the offer was extended I was extremely happy. It's always been a goal of mine to play for (Urban) Meyer. Just knowing that my hard work paid off is a great thing for me, to know I've made my family proud. I've always been the type to go get what I want and this was something I was determined to accomplish. 

How did you first become interested in Ohio State? - MN Buckeye

TG: I first became interested in Ohio State when I was in middle school. Whenever I'd be walking the halls with my friends we always talked about college football and the teams we wanted to play for. Big Ten football with my skill set, that's where I feel at home. My friends always wanted to go to the SEC with Florida or the ACC with Miami and growing up in Pennsylvania with a lot of family being around I knew the Big Ten is where I wanted to be. When Urban Meyer came in to Ohio State I definitely knew he was coming in with a plan, and I wanted to be a part of that.

From what I understand you have flown a little "under the radar" since you play for a pretty stacked high school team; that said, what are your goals for your senior season? Do you feel like you have a little bit of a chip on your shoulder? - JDunc686

TG: A lot of people look at the list of commits then see me and my tape and wonder 'Who is this guy and why did we give him a chance?' I love that because I know that my coaches at Ohio State see potential in me and they wouldn't have offered if they didn't think I could play. This season I can't wait to prove people wrong. I can't wait to show that I will come in looking to make a major impact in the program and be a big factor to my team. So yes, that chip is on my shoulder and eyes are on my back but that only gives me more reasons to ball. 

Most of us have a guilty pleasure (ie. One Direction fan, or in love with Jennifer Lawrence), do you have one you are willing to share? - BuckeyeTrappedInSouth

TG: I don't have any groups or specific people I like. However, there's quite a few females I like out there (laughs).

Did you have any part in the recruitment of Justin Hilliard and Jashon Cornell to Ohio State? And if so, what did you say to them?  - Urban_Can_Recruit

TG: Yes, Cornell more than Hilliard but I did talk to them a few days before they committed. I told them that I needed them both to help take this class to the number one spot if that's a goal we are trying to reach. They were the guys I wanted to play with on the defensive side and guys I believed could make it happen. 

What is one (or two) areas of your game the coaches really want you to work on before you sign and arrive on campus? - WesPatterson23

TG: As a safety at 6-foot-3 and being able to run a 4.4 you don't come across that much they say, so the coaches say they could really see using me early in my career, and that I can be one of those defensive backs to come through the program and really be something special. With my height and long arms they would love for me to use my size more and "out physical" receivers off the ball. They'd like to see me break up routes all together. 

Tyler, what was it like to throw the block O up in Ann Arbor? Do you have any specific memories of The Game? - Fly Patterns

TG: It felt great! I got a lot of hate from the time I stepped on campus to the time I left. I heard people using language that I expected and wondering why I would do such a thing by stepping on campus with Ohio State stuff on. When I saw the game this past season, I remember halftime when both teams were going back and forth about to fight in the tunnel and the actual fight on the field during the kick return. I loved every minute of it! 

How nervous were you performing knowing a potential scholarship offer was on the line? - Groveport_Buckeye

TG: I wasn't nervous at all. I knew that at that point it wasn't the time to let my nerves take over. I knew that I prepared and that God wouldn't put me in any situations He knew I couldn't handle. I did what I knew best: played hard, prayed and went to work! 

What was it like hearing Coach Johnson say "We're going to offer you because you're great?" - NPeterson5

TG: Honestly, hearing that made me almost want to cry. It was just knowing that my hard work and dedication paid off; that was everything to me. 

It felt great! I got a lot of hate (At MichigaN) from the time I stepped on campus to the time I left. 

 Tyler, do you have a role model, someone you look up to for guidance in football and life, and where do you seek inspiration?  - ISurvivedCooper

TG: If anybody, my father is a guy I listen to and see as a role model. He always tells me the right things. One thing he always says to me when I have an event coming up or a goal I want to reach is that "It's just another day in the office, wake up and let's go to work, nothing new." I always go by that. "Just another day at work."

A player I watch a lot is Tyrann Mathieu. He's a play maker and gamechanger and a guy you can trust on your defense in tough situations. He's faced a lot of adversity in his life and the way he bounced back and did what he needed to do was very inspirational to me. He's a guy I watch all the time. 

I want to say that I love all the fans who support me and reporters who take the time to get to know me. I will do my best to take this class above and beyond limits and do what I know best to help my team. 

Go Bucks!


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Seattle Linga's picture

Thanks Birms as always for these interviews - you never fail us. It's great to hear the answers from the players perspective. So glad he is part of the family at tOSU. Can't wait to watch him grow each season.

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703Buckeye's picture

A young man who knows the value of hard work and is already trolling M!chigan; can't ask for anything more!

"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

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TobyMagic's picture

Absolutely love this kids measurables and attitude. Looking forward to seeing how Ash uses him down the road..

DenBuck's picture

He's huge and fast!

Buckeye For Life

theopulas's picture

GOD Bless you son....welcome to this family which you are now apart of for life....football or not.....NOW....lets go to work.....!


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Horvath22's picture

Great interview, Jeremy. Welcome to the heart of it all, Tyler.

Gcbuckeye62's picture

Tyler Green, my new favorite Buckeye!!

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Habu71's picture

The first time I saw that pic, what stood out to me the most was his wingspan. At 6'3 with the length and speed he brings, should be a real force in the defensive backfield. 

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Soggy_McMuffin's picture

Reminds me of a Faster Tyvis Powell!! Yeah


buckeyeradar's picture

Nice to meet you Tyler.  You represent this fine university, you are responsible for your own actions so now make your families proud.  That's families, your own and Buckeye Nation.

I may not be the sharpest crayon in the box but I'm one of the most colorful.

Balkestud's picture

A longer and faster Mike Doss anyone?

It gets kind of rough in the back of my limousine,



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TheBadOwl's picture

I love how he talked about modeling his game after Tyrann Matthieu, could you imagine a 6'3 210 version of the Honey Badger?

When I walked in this morning and saw the flag was at half mast I thought, "Alright, another bureaucrat ate it." but then I saw it was Li'l Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.

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CentralFloridaBuckeye's picture

Great article Birm!  Great to get some more info on Tyler.  Sounds like he's got a shot at becoming an impact player soon.  And you've gotta love the O while up visiting TTUN.

Go Bucks!!

MN Buckeye's picture

He sounds like a fine young man with a great family and support system. I particularly like his work ethic and determination, such as showing up for the NFTC at 6 am in Columbus.

Buckabroad's picture

Not one answer that was not perfect. The kid is an ambassador, a workhorse and an enforcer. Leaves nothing to be desired. I am looking forard to great things from Mr. Green!

"The minute we stop expecting greatness, we become Wisconsin."

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PresidentMeyer88's picture

I love how we're getting these great, well-spoken kids with awesome work ethics. It seems like Urban is trying to build a positive culture here; we need more of this after the bad rep we've gotten in the past few years.

Mike Hunt

Shangheyed's picture

Welcome, indeed a player we now know and will certainly love to watch play on Saturdays. Is nice to see yet another Buckeye with his head on right.


Thanks Birm!

It's hard to build an entire class full of character guys, but I have a lot of positive vibes about the program since Urbz took over (a few knuckle headed press moments notwithstanding)

"I don't apologize for anything.  When I make a mistake, I take the blame and go on from there." - Woody Hayes

luckynutz's picture

This kid has reminded me a lot of another under the radar, long and rangy safety who committed to the good guys a few years back. Tyvis Powell...both are athletic, long safeties with similar work ethic. And heart...you can coach the technique, you can coach coverage schemes...but you cant coach want to and desire. Those come from within. This kid seems to have a rare amount of it...same thing I saw in Tyvis as well.

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whiskeyjuice's picture

Is it me or does it seem like that these OSU recruits seem intelligent and say all the right things? Maybe its also social media increasing every year but I have been constantly impressed with these interviews. I don't recall these types of characters 10 years ago.

"Championships are not won on Saturdays in November. Championships are won on Tuesdays in August." -- Kerry Combs

Buckeyevstheworld's picture

Since when is Jennifer Lawrence a guilty pleasure? :/

"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.

Rob Reese's picture

He was recruiting Hilliard and Cornell, was viewing and got pumped up watching the tOSU/UM game and ensuing brawl, wore his OSU gear to and threw a block O while in A2.  If he been around and playing in '73, it would've been this kid that ripped down the MGO Blue sign.

Clearly a natural Buckeye.  Already loving everything about this kid.

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