Which 5-Star Is Michigan More Likely to Land; Derrick Green or Laquon Treadwell?

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIDecember 14, 2012

November 26, 2011; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines safety Jared Van Slyke (31) hit the go blue banner before the game against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
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The Michigan Wolverines have a very strong 2013 recruiting class, but there are still a few elite prospects out there that Brady Hoke and his staff are trying to land.

Two big-time recruiting names that have been connected to Michigan throughout the 2013 recruiting cycle have been 5-star running back Derrick Green and 5-star wide receiver Laquon Treadwell.

Both would be major additions for Michigan and both would go a long way in helping the Wolverines transition into the pro-style offense, but which 5-star does Michigan have a better chance to land?

A few months ago Treadwell was the big name for Michigan recruiting. Michigan appeared to be very high on his interest list and at times it almost seemed like a commitment was imminent, but that commitment never came.

Since then, Treadwell's interest in Michigan has noticeably cooled off. While Michigan is still in the top four on his interest list according to 247Sports, they are only listed as a "warm interest" along with Oklahoma State, while Oklahoma is listed as "warmer" and Ole Miss looks to be the favorite.

Frankly, at this point it's not looking to good for the Wolverines. Treadwell is ranked as the No. 1 wide receiver in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings and at 6'3'', 195 pounds running a 4.40 according to 247Sports, he projects to be a game changer.

Not being able to capitalize on his earlier interest will go down as a disappointment for the Wolverines.

As disappointing as Michigan's chances of landing Treadwell are though, their odds of getting a commitment from Green are much more encouraging.

Green has a top six (247Sports) that features Michigan, Auburn, Tennessee Oregon, Ole Miss and Miami. The Wolverines, Volunteers and Tigers have been somewhat considered to be the unofficial leaders for Green in the past though, and of the three schools, only Michigan has retained their head coach.

Derek Dooley was fired and Tennessee and Gene Chizik at Auburn. Green admitted in a video interview with Mike Farrell of Rivals.com that this "definitely" gave Michigan and advantage.

Here's what Farrell had to say in his recent "Mind of Mike" column:

Heading into the POY Tour, I was skeptical about Green's interest in Michigan. In fact I thought the Wolverines might be on the outside looking in despite the coaching issues at Auburn and Tennessee. Now I feel they are squarely in the driver's seat, but will have to hold off many schools down the stretch.

Farrell did also state that he thinks Michigan, Tennessee or Miami have the best shot to land Green.

Michigan can offer Green a chance to play for one of the premier college football programs in the country, and he'll fit very nicely in a pro-style system.

At 6'0'', 220 pounds he's big enough to run between the tackle or stay home and block, but he also runs a 4.58 40 according to 247Sports, so he's more than fast enough to be a homerun threat and he'll be effective on the edges.

There's a great fit for Green at Michigan and their consistency should pay off.

Unlike with Treadwell, it seems as if Michigan has a very good chance to pick up the 5-star running back.

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