Jeff Greene, Former Leading Receiver at Georgia Tech, Transferring to Ohio State
Following Ohio State's undefeated 2012 campaign, one of Urban Meyer's biggest offseason priorities was to upgrade the Buckeyes' wide receiver corps.
Meyer did just that after signing Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class. That group included four 4-star wide receiver/athlete recruits in Jalin Marshall, JUCO prospect Corey Smith, Dontre Wilson and James Clark.
Those assuming Meyer was done, though, were incorrect.
According to a report from ElevenWarriors.com, former Georgia Tech wide receiver Jeff Greene will be transferring to Ohio State.
Former Georgia Tech wide receiver Jeff Greene to walk on at Ohio State. 11w.rs/13GlEL1— Eleven Warriors (@11W) May 9, 2013
Greene, a former 3-star recruit, committed to play for Paul Johnson in Georgia Tech's option/run-heavy offense in 2011. Greene hauled in a team-high 18 receptions for 284 yards and two touchdowns in 2012, with a long of 82 yards. At 6'4", Greene has good size and decent speed to create mismatches at the second level.
Georgia Tech parted ways with the talented receiver because the coaching staff grew frustrated with his "poor effort and attitude," according to AJC.com.
Cincinnati and Arkansas were the schools Greene initially explored, but after visiting Columbus this week, he settled on Ohio State to turn things around for himself.
According to his former high school coach Chad Phillips, Greene just wants another chance.
“We’re trying to help him get re-directed and get off the mat, find a place for him to go and proceed,” Phillips told AJC.com.
Greene will have to sit out the 2013 season per NCAA transfer rules, but when he's eligible in 2014, he'll have two years to play with the Buckeyes. As of now, Greene is not on scholarship and will have to pay his way through school this year as a walk-on. Meyer and the Buckeyes could, of course, award Greene a scholarship further down the road.
The Buckeyes certainly won't be desperate for his services this year. Ohio State returns its top two receivers from 2012 in Corey Brown and Devin Smith. Brown and Smith combined for 90 receptions, 1,276 receiving yards and nine touchdown catches last year. Both are expected to thrive operating Meyer's spread offense for the second consecutive year.
With Greene on the roster now, Ohio State has a little more depth at the position in 2014 and beyond.
All recruit rankings per 247Sports.com.
David Regimbal is the lead Ohio State football writer for Bleacher Report.
Follow him on Twitter @davidreg412.
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