Derrick Green: Is Auburn, Alabama or Another Team Best Fit for 5-Star RB?
Though 5-star running back Derrick Green enjoyed his visit with the Auburn Tigers, the best fit for him is with the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Is it because of championships? That's a factor simply because Nick Saban is capable of winning so many, but let's not forget Gene Chizik and his staff won a national championship in 2010. Cam Newton-led or not, that was a great football team and Chizik did an excellent job of preparing them week-in and week-out.
So if not for championships, why should Green choose Alabama over Auburn?
Both schools have produced solid running backs in years past, but looking forward, Auburn is missing something that helped both Onterio McCalebb and Michael Dyer thrive in recent years. That's right, you guessed it--Gus Malzahn.
Malzahn is a brilliant offensive mind that created a system that made Dyer and McCalebb both successful. Heck, it allowed Dyer to break Bo Jackson's school rushing record as a freshman. That can no longer serve as pitch for Auburn with Malzahn coaching Arkansas State.
However, Green was still impressed with Auburn's coaching staff. He told Rivals' Jeffrey Lee that he felt comfortable with the players and head coach Gene Chizik, and so did his mom.
"She loved sitting down and speaking with Coach (Gene) Chizik," Green said. "She said he is a real coach, that she could tell from just looking into his eyes that he really loves his players. She had a really good time."
That's great that Green's mom enjoyed talking with Chizik, but not all mom's decide where their sons play. Am I right Landon Collins?
Which school should Green choose?
Green's still far away from choosing which school he wants to attend. He's going to be making the trip up north to both Ohio State and Michigan later this week, and he seems to be high on Clemson, Georgia and Miami as well.
But Green should play at Alabama because they are great at developing NFL talent, especially at the running back position.
They've produced two first round running backs in the previous two NFL drafts, and with Saban hauling in one great recruiting class after another, the SEC's exposure on CBS and ESPN, and his two championships in three years is quite frankly hard to compete against.
Should Green choose the Tide over the rest, he could be the next first round running back Alabama produces. Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson are both millionaires now after serving under Saban's system, and hey, money talks.
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