Derrick Green is heading to Michigan. The highly regarded running back out of Richmond, Va., had plenty of options, but the elite recruit ultimately decided to become a member of the Wolverines, according to Evan Woodbery of the Knoxville News Sentinel:
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5-star RB Derrick Green selects Michigan over Tennessee and Auburn.2013-1-26 21:05:01
We could list all the programs Michigan beat out to land Green, but that would probably take just as long as the young star's recruiting process. According to 247Sports, Green had 33 official offers from top programs all across the nation, and coaches from just about every major conference checked in on him.
It's really no surprise.
Green is listed as a 5-star recruit for 247Sports, and the website's composite rankings have him as the fourth-best running back prospect and the No. 26 overall player in the 2013 class.
The thing that immediately stands out about Green is his combination of power and speed. He can run over the first defender by dropping his shoulder and then run past a safety, something you don't see often from an incoming freshman.
Furthermore, the initial hit rarely knocks him down. At 6'0" and 220 pounds, it usually takes multiple defensive reinforcements to finally get him to the ground. He won't run through college defenses in the same way, of course, but he has the strength to succeed.
If given the opportunity, Green should have no problem making an impact right away. It takes a special back to break the rotation as a freshman, but he definitely falls into that category. It probably won't be long before he gets his chance to shine.
The Wolverines have senior Fitz Toussaint, junior Thomas Rawls, sophomore Justice Hayes and fellow commit Deveon Smith to compete with Green for carries out of the backfield.
The only concern is how the Hermitage High School sensation will handle the pressure. Any time a player garners as much hype as he did during the recruiting process, the expectations start getting out of control.
Assuming he doesn't let that affect him, there's no reason he can't become one of the best running backs in college football within a couple years.
He has the natural talent. Now, it just comes down to learning the finer points of the position and gaining experience at the next level.