CINCINNATI – Winton Woods high school is fresh off of a state championship in football but there is no time to rest of last year’s accomplishments as the grind continues and a push to repeat kicks in for the 2023 season.
Several players are off to the next level from the 2022 team but a new wave of younger players are ready to step into larger roles to try and carry on the tradition and class of 2025 offensive lineman Raphael Greene is one of those players. Standing at 6-foot-6, 320 pounds, Greene already has the look of a college ready player but with two more years of high school football to go, the work is real.
Real offers are coming in including ones from Kentucky, Purdue, Pittsburgh and Toledo to name a few. Of course, for an Ohio player, picking up an Ohio State offer would mean a lot. The Buckeyes have extended fewer than half a dozen offers in-state so far in the class of 2025 and it is something for Greene to work towards.
“Ohio State’s like one of the best schools in the country in my opinion,” Greene said. “One of my goals for Ohio State is to build a relationship with all the coaches. I sort of have a relationship with Coach (Justin) Frye, but I just want to increase that, get to know all the coaches because that’s the school that I’m really interested in.”
The Buckeyes have had some success recently with a Cincinnati offensive tackle with the outgoing Paris Johnson Jr. who is set to hit the NFL Scouting Combine this upcoming week. But even with all of the combine preps, Johnson took a chance to reach out to Greene.
“Paris Johnson, man, he’s amazing. I really love that dude,” Greene said. “He’s a Cincinnati guy. He went to Princeton, so that really caught my attention. I guess he got in touch with me because he knows I’m coming from Cincinnati too. So, I really appreciate him getting in touch with me. It’s just really interesting.”
A group of players from Winton Woods will be visiting Ohio State in a little less than a month with a March 23rd visit slated.
Expect Greene to be back in short order for an upcoming Ohio State camp when the weather warms up. Greene knows there is a lot that he can still unlock in his game to be the best player that he can be and was quick to talk about what he needed to work on knowing that nobody is ever a finished product.
“Footwork. Being a tackle and being an O-Lineman, you want to have great footwork and that’s what my coach, we’re always working on footwork, always getting my feet faster, always taking a good first step. And I think that’s what has really helped,” Greene said.
Find out more from this super impressive offensive lineman in this exclusive video interview with Marc Givler, available only here at BuckeyeHuddle.com.