Indiana adds former ESPN 300 CB Wesley Green

Cornerback Wesley Green, a redshirt freshman, could've chosen to attend the likes of Ohio State or Penn State out of high school -- but the former ESPN 300 recruit officially became an Indiana Hoosier on Monday.

Green transferred from South Carolina two weeks ago in what coach Steve Spurrier labeled a mutual decision. Green was listed on the depth chart as Chris Lammons' backup.

He will have to sit out the 2015 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

"We recruited Wesley; [cornerbacks] coach Brandon Shelby has a strong relationship with him, and he contacted us when he left South Carolina," Hoosiers coach Kevin Wilson said. "We welcome him to our program. He's a talented young man, and he will be a quality contributor."

Green committed to South Carolina over Georgia last year and qualified despite concerns about his academic eligibility. ESPN.com ranked him as the 120th-best high school player in the nation, the ninth-best player in Georgia and the 13th-best cornerback in the country.

Had he signed with the Hoosiers out of high school, he would've been their highest-ranked recruit since ESPN started tracking recruiting classes in 2006.

He's a solid addition for the Hoosiers, who are in dire need of help on defense. Even though he can't play this year, Wilson & Co. have still done a phenomenal job at luring transfers to Bloomington. They grabbed the coveted UAB duo of WR Marqui Hawkins and RB Jordan Howard earlier this year. Green is just the latest surprise.

"Was up here a week ago on a visit," Wilson said at a Monday news conference. "Came in this weekend. He'll get started. He'll have to sit out as a freshman, and he'll have three years to play following that."