Ralphael Green, a 6-foot-5, 325-pound offensive lineman from Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas, has committed to Indiana according to a report from Matt Weaver of Peegs.com on Sunday.
Green had offers from Missouri, Colorado, Houston, New Mexico, New Mexico State and North Texas according to Rivals.com. He was also hearing from Notre Dame, Florida, Alabama, LSU, Oklahoma and Baylor. He is listed as an offensive lineman, but told Weaver the Indiana coaches have told him they want to play him on defense.
Green becomes Indiana’s 20th commitment for the Class of 2012. IU coach Kevin Wilson has said the Hoosiers will be able to sign 27 players. More on this story, hopefully, later.
UPDATE: 11:16 p.m.: Green might be built like an offensive tackle, but defense is where he thinks he can give Indiana the most help, and he said he’s excited to play on that side of the ball for the Hoosiers.
“It’s just ‘go get it,” Green said. ”… Defense wins championship, offense sells tickets to the games. I feel like if Indiana can get a good defense, they can compete with the Ohio State’s and the Wisconsin’s and compete with those types of guys.”
Green returned to San Antonio on Sunday evening after a trip to Missouri, and said he knew after that trip that Indiana was where he wanted to be.
“I like to overcome things, and I feel like I can bring a championship to Bloomington,” Green said. “… They’re real special and they believe in me. That’s where I wanted to be and that’s where I need to go.”