If recruiting is like The Price is Right, Brady Hoke has already won the new car, hit $1 on the wheel twice and found his way into the Showcase Showdown.
The prize he's gunning for isn't a vacation to some exotic, far away land, though—it's Derrick Green, the premier power back in the country.
Standing at the other podium is a pair of schools from the Sunshine State: Miami and Florida State.
Hoke must win this showdown.
A 5-star running back out of Hermitage High School (Richmond, VA), Green (6'0", 220 lbs) is about as perfect a fit for Michigan's new pro-style offense as there is.
Big enough to stay home and pass block, but quick enough to get to the edge and turn the corner (247Sports has him as running a 4.58 40), Green is at his best when he's attacking the hole, running between the tackles and taking defenders on straight up.
Not only is Green a force to be reckoned with when he's carrying the ball, but he's an adept receiver out of the backfield as well, with soft hands and the ability to use his quick first step and side-stepping ability to make defenders miss.
With Denard Robinson graduating, Thomas Rawls remaining largely unproven and Fitzgerald Toussaint coming off of a nasty injury to his left leg that cut his 2012 season short—and that may or may not impact him in 2013 (h/t MLive)—Green could have an opportunity to contribute right away as a freshman.
Considering Michigan's lack of weapons on the outside other than Jeremy Gallon, adding a dynamic playmaker like Green is an absolute necessity, not a luxury.
As it stands right now, according to the Detroit Free Press via Twitter, Michigan remains Green's first choice:
Hoke and the Wolverines must do whatever it takes to make sure things stay that way.