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Meet Derrick Green
Scout: 5-star, #1 RB, #6 OVR
ESPN: 4-star, #5 RB, #38 OVR
247Sports: 5-star, #4 RB, #26 OVR
Rivals: 5-star, #1 RB, #8 OVR
Ahhhh...we can all finally let out that sigh of relief, that's been building up for a few weeks now. Today at 4 PM, the #1 RB, let me repeat that in case you didn't hear it right the first time, THE #1 RB has committed to play at The University of Michigan, guaranteeing a top 5 class for 2013 on all sites (#1 on Scout by far), across the board. Green could be argued to be in the top 5 recruits of all time to pledge to the Wolverines...that's B1G!!
Looking at Green's rankings, you can tell he is special. What makes him even more special? His measurements. He is a consensus 6' 220 lbs (Scout has him at 5'11", ESPN says 215) of solid muscle with blazing speed, clocking in at 4.4. Green is more than ready to play at the next level and is the perfect RB to fit Hoke plan to transform to a downhill, power running game. I mean look at the kid...he's HUYGE!!
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David Dawson @daviddawson_ tells me Derrick @brookyln_boii27 told him he'd commit to #Michigan in late November. Tight lipped #michiganmen!
— B Brown- The M Block (@CoachBrown3) January 26, 2013
Crazy to think Green's known for almost 3 months where he was going to play at the next level. But reading reactions of analysts and from Green himself, Michigan was always the place for him. Dave Hooker of ESPN let's Green tell us why:
"The bond with the Wolverine coaches was significant. Just the history behind the program and their traditions," said Green at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this year. "[Running backs] Coach [Fred] Jackson, Coach [Brady] Hoke is a great coach. He's the best coach I've met so far."
"I see myself, if I go to Michigan, starting right away," Green had said in the past.And from @SupportBradyHoke herself:
"Every time I went to Michigan, it felt like home. That's where my heart is telling me to be." -Derrick Green. #HAIL #goblue #welcomehomePlaying time and a power offense were the biggest factors here; Michigan had both to offer and Green couldn't pass up the chance to seize the opportunity to become a part of the special group of young men in Michigan's '13 class. I mean heck, JC Shurburtt at 247Sports said Derrick Green told him that Brady Hoke started crying when he told him he was going blue. Gotta love Hoke's passion for Michigan Football; it's his #1 recruiting trait and the results are showing up.
— Support Brady Hoke (@supprtbradyhoke) January 26, 2013
Ummm...I don't think you want me to list all 10,000 offers Green held; how about this...just name the top 4 or 5 teams from each major conference (ACC, B1G, SEC, Big 12, Big East) and Green could've played for any of 'em. GO!
His combination of speed and power is surreal, and may be illegal in a few states....well, at least team's facing Green in the future will wish it were:
Something Scary to Think About
Well let's see what I can get through before my mind explodes of excitement: I think we all may have forgotten about a commit who has a similar bruising running style in DeVeon Smith. These two guys could turn into a Todd Gurley/Keith Marshall type of back field. No one will want to face this tandem. And don't forget who this tandem will be running behind in the future. Six OL commits in this class (Fox, Bosch, Tuley-Tillman, Dawson, Kugler, Samuelson) and four from last year's class (Magnuson, Kalis, Braden, Bars), all 4-5 star recruits. That's not gunna suck...Not to mention with Taylor Lewan coming back next year, Green and Smith will have no problem finding holes to run through next year or in the future. Lastly, we have two DG's now in the backfield (Devin Gardner), so that's cool and has to mean something good right?! I sure think so.