Richmond Va. product Derrick Green is not hurting for college options. This talented running back has received offers from just about every major program in the nation.
Honestly, check out the long list of schools that have offered him a scholarship. Green has a lot to choose from before making his anticipated announcement, which he is set to make in just a few days.
I have decided to make my college announcement on january 26 at 4:00pm #trulyblessed!! 🙏— D.GREEN #⃣2⃣7⃣ (@BrOoKyLn_boii27) January 12, 2013
While there are plenty of attractive options for Green to choose from, there is one that stands ahead of the pack: The Michigan Wolverines. For the record, I am not a Michigan fan, so this isn't a biased pitch to make my favorite program look like Alabama.
The Wolverines offer a nice fit for Green, and they are certainly high on his radar. Michigan was one of his three official visits in 2012, with Tennesse and Auburn being the other two.
He has not been shy about expressing his affinity for the school. Green expanded on that, earlier this month, in a quote captured by Mark Snyder of the Detroit Free Press:
Yeah, they are still the leader [by a small margin]. Why? Because that school has not had any coaching changes, it is a top academic program, definitely a high chance to come out as a true freshman and playing, and I have a good relationship with the coaching staff.
Green is right on all counts, and what really grabs my attention is his chance to play. He will be hard-pressed to find a quicker path to the field at a program playing at as high a level as Michigan.
The Wolverines are losing leading rusher Denard Robinson. The team's second-leading rusher, Fitzgerald Toussaint, will be back for his senior season, but he only turned in 514 yards at 4.0 yards per carry before breaking his leg in November. That injury will hamper his offseason workouts, and it is unlikely he could hold off Green anyway.
The reason Green is so heavily recruited is, as you can imagine, this 6'0", 220-pound back is a rare talent.
He is so highly regarded that Rivals has him ranked as the nation's top running back and their 14th ranked overall recruit. 247Sports also sees his potential, as they have him ranked as the third-best running back in their Composite Rankings and the 26th-best overall recruit.
Green has good explosiveness, but his real strength is his power and straight-ahead running style. He will consistently get positive yards and be a big-play threat when he busts through the line.
There is another big factor working for the Wolverines that Green did not mention. Michigan is building a nice foundation on the offensive line. While the Wolverines offensive front was not great in run-blocking this year, Brady Hoke has done a wonderful job recruiting some talent for the trenches.
According to isportsweb.com, the Wolverines have four 4-star commits and one 5-star commit for the offensive line.
Green will be able to grow with a talented group of linemen, quickly become a featured part of the offense and play for a coaching staff that is prepared to keep this program playing in huge games for the foreseeable future. That would be a lot for him to pass up.