According to a report from Rivals.com (behind a pay wall), rumors began to circulate over the weekend that 5-star running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va.) was ready to verbally commit to one of his final six schools by the end of the week. However, the Hermitage High School star informed recruiting guru Mike Farrell that the rumors are false.
"No I haven't heard those, but they aren't true," Green said about the rumors. "I don't have a timeframe for a decision and right now I plan on taking all five of my official visits. I thought at one point it would be cool to commit at halftime or before our ESPN game this weekend against Fork Union but there's no way that would happen.
"Coach Kane (Hermitage head coach) doesn't play like that. Anyone who knows him knows that wouldn't happen. Our focus is on the game and winning, it can't be about one player."
The nation's No. 13 overall prospect and No. 1 ranked running back in the country is coming off of impressive unofficial visits at Auburn and Georgia this past weekend. Green said he had "a good time" at Georgia and that he had a "really good feeling" at Auburn.
All that being said, Green does not have a favorite and has begun to set up his five allotted official visits, which will likely take two teams out of the hunt for his services.
"It's safe to say (Auburn) will get an official visit," the 6'0", 220-pounder said. "I don't have a leader, I am still taking things in. The only official visits I have scheduled is for Michigan when they host Michigan State (Oct. 19-21) but I'm in the process of setting up officials with Auburn and Tennessee as well."
The three other teams from Green's top six, which he unveiled earlier this month, are Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Oregon. Georgia did not make Green's original list; however, they are in the hunt with the aforementioned programs to receive an official visit.
Green went on to reiterate a commitment is not coming anytime soon, that he plans to take his all of his official visits and then talk things over with his family before making a decision about his future.
"I have no plan to commit this weekend, I don't even think I will commit on a visit," Green said to Farrell Tuesday morning. "The way my family and I want to handle this is to take our time and make sure of everything."
If you want the chance to watch Green and Hermitage in action against Fork Union Military Academy tune in to ESPNU on Saturday, August 25. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET.
Zach Dirlam is the former Lead Editor of the College Basketball section as well as Big Ten columnist for the FOX Sports/MSN/YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story, along with other articles and video reports on major sports.
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