Partially Deaf Recruit Darrion Green Lands 1st Offer from Harbaugh, Michigan

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Partially Deaf Recruit Darrion Green Lands 1st Offer from Harbaugh, Michigan
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Dallas cornerback Darrion Green announced Wednesday via social media his first offer from Michigan. Green is partially deaf but refuses to let his condition get in the way of his dream of playing college football.

For some, a dream is just that—a dream.

Darrion Green had a dream of one day playing college football. That dream heightened every day and became more of a goal with every disparaging remark. Green is a rising 3-star cornerback from Dallas who also happens to be partially deaf.

Green never let his condition interfere with his goals, and on Wednesday, the Woodrow Wilson High School prospect—with the nickname "Speedy"—announced on Twitter that he picked up his first offer from Michigan.

Earning offer No. 1 from Michigan is huge for Green, as head coach Jim Harbaugh just signed a top-five-ranked 2016 class and made multiple headlines with unorthodox-yet-effective recruiting tactics, including sleepovers and tree climbing with players who ultimately committed to and signed with the Wolverines. Harbaugh is one of the most polarizing coaches in college football, but his 28 signees this past recruiting cycle—including one 5-star and 14 4-star players—can't be ignored.

Green said he received the news Wednesday morning after calling the coaching staff. With the assistance of his brother relaying messages, he learned about the offer.

"It's really big, and I've been working so hard for it, so it's a blessing," Green said via social media chat. "I'm thankful to Michigan for believing in me and showing confidence. It feels good and is a relief.

"I started shaking, and my hands were sweating. My dreams came true; I got the first offer."

At 5'11" and 170 pounds, Green is a cornerback who can also line up as a running back or wide receiver. On the offensive side of the ball, he rushed 70 times for 341 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.

But Green's work is most decorated on the defensive side of the ball. He was an all-district cornerback for Woodrow Wilson as a junior and showed his talents at the position during The Opening Dallas regional in Coppell, Texas, on Sunday.

"I like playing defense better. I get more work," he said at the event, wearing a bright smile and hearing aids in both ears. "I feel like I'm a better DB."

Greg Powers, a national recruiting analyst who covers the state of Texas for Scout.com, said Green is "one of the most electric players in the Dallas ISD, on both sides of the ball."

"He's a guy who I've been pretty impressed with. He has the skills at corner to be a high D-I type of guy," Powers said.

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Darrion Green has hearing aids in both ears, and he said during games, he doesn't wear the aids and relies on an interpreter for play-calling ability.

Green said the Michigan coaches liked what they saw of him on film as a running back, but his instincts in the secondary earned him the opportunity to play for the Wolverines. Green added that Mattison is looking to come visit him on campus in Dallas in April.

One person impressed with Green on Sunday was Eugene Jackson, the defensive backs coach for The Opening. He noticed that Green—who read lips to understand what's happening on the field—wouldn't be the first person in line during drills, but he would be the third or fourth. For Green, it was all about watching what was done and then duplicating it.

Or, in some cases, doing it better.

"To be honest, you wouldn't know he's impaired," Jackson said. "I think he picks up a lot of things from being attentive to detail. Whoever is speaking, he's really focused on him. He fit in like any other kid playing ball. He held his own and he tested well. He has football skills and a lot of savvy."

Jackson said Green reminds him of former Ole Miss cornerback Tee Shepard, someone who also has a hearing impairment but overcame that obstacle to become a college football player.

"A lot of people didn't even know about Tee. He never used it as a crutch," Jackson said. "That's the same with Darrion."

Green has one offer, and he's hoping for a few more before national signing day in February 2017. He said he's received interest from Ole Miss, Texas, Oklahoma State, SMU and Tulane, among other programs.

"I'm looking for a good program," he said Sunday. "I want to play football and study pharmacy. I want to go to medical school. I want to say I go far after college."

Powers added: "I've always thought that recruiting is when talent meets opportunity. If the doors open for him, he can play for any number of programs. I think he deserves it and should get the options."

Recruiting-wise, Green said he plans on attending Baylor's "Friday Night Lights" spring showcase Friday. He also hopes to take an unofficial visit to SMU on Saturday and make April trips to Tulane, Ole Miss and Oklahoma State.

Damon Sayles is a National Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. All quotes were obtained firsthand. All player ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite ratings. Follow Damon via Twitter: @DamonSayles

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