Michigan Football: Derrick Green Names Michigan in His Top 6

Colan Lamont@clamontsportAnalyst IIAugust 2, 2012

Derrick Green is one of the many talented prospects in the 2013 college football recruiting class, and I can tell from comments on past articles I have written about the bulldozing running back that Michigan fans would love to get Green on board.

Although it may have been a little disheartening to see Green fail to offer an early verbal commitment to the Wolverines, in truth he made everyone well aware that he had enough patience to be cerebral about his decision, and who can blame someone when they are gambling on their future?

One of the top uncommitted recruits, Green named his top six teams last night, and Michigan, of course, was among his favorites, as reported by Joe Soriano.

The other five programs were Auburn, Ole Miss, Oregon, Virginia Tech and Tennessee.

It's a little surprising to see Clemson completely out of the picture when it was thought to be the early front runner only a week or so ago.

Either way, Michigan has some serious competition, and it seems that Auburn may be the biggest rivals according to Soriano.

I understand that train of thought when you consider their star running back Michael Dyer was kicked off the team because of his troubles off the field.

I doubt that Green would like to join an Oregon backfield in which he would have to contend with DeAnthony Thomas, 5-star recruit Thomas Tyner and 4-star Dontre Wilson (per Rivals).

Despite the success of David Wilson and Ryan Williams with Virginia Tech in recent years, there hasn't been a lot of talk about the Hokies being major players in the recruiting chase for Green—a surprise when you consider that they are predominately a run-first team.

I don't really see Tennessee as much of a threat at all.

Following the push by fellow players at the BBQ to get Green to commit, this list only serves to show that recruiting doesn't stop until the player signs his letter of intent.

In fact, even verbal commitments can shock, especially when the team were early favorites.

See Michigan and E.J. Levenberry for proof.