OSU football notebook: Buckeyes add two recruits
Brother of former player, Florida running back born in Ohio join class of 2009
June 23, 2008 3:07 AM
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH
Ohio State picked up two more commitments from out-of-state prospects with in-state ties
yesterday to push its 2009 recruiting class to 20 members.
Carlos Hyde, a power running back from Naples, Fla., whose parents still live in Cincinnati, and
speedy receiver/defensive back Justin Green -- younger brother of former Ohio State defensive
tackle Marcus Green -- picked the Buckeyes over several other schools.
"I basically like everything about that city and the school," said Justin Green, who, like his
brother, is from Male High School in Louisville, Ky. "The tradition of the program is outstanding,
the fans are great.
"I remember every time I went up there when I was little to watch my brother play I had a great
time. I just thought it was time to make up my mind."
Hyde was sent by his parents to live with his grandmother in Naples, Fla., several years ago so
"he wouldn't get caught up in anything bad (in Cincinnati)," said his mother, Dermidra. "You could
tell he had talent that could take him places, and we didn't want anything to distract him from
developing that talent."
That didn't stop her from lobbying hard for that talent to bring him closer to home once major
colleges started showing interest, including Florida, the University of Miami and Florida State,
especially after Naples won the Florida 3A title last year.
"Every time he'd call and say someone else was interested in him, we were always on him,
reminding how nice Ohio State was, and how nice it would be for him to be close to home once
again," Dermidra Hyde said, laughing.