According to reports this afternoon, one of the top players in the 2013 recruiting class — running back Derrick Green — has surprised several teams, committing to the Michigan Wolverines and making head coach Brady Hoke a very happy man in the process.
Green, rated by many recruiting services as the top running back in the country, chose the Wolverines over the Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers and should make an immediate impact in a Wolverines backfield decimated by an injury to incumbent starter Fitzgerald Toussaint and the departure of hybrid star Denard Robinson to graduation.
Brady Hoke was reportedly so excited about the commitment of Green — and it’s positive implications for the program — that he was teary upon hearing from Green of his commitment.
The 6’0″, 220 pound Richmond, Virginia native has wowed coaches across the country with his volatile combination of speed and power, clocking in at a personal best of 4.40 in the 40-yard dash and an insane 4.0 in the shuttle run which is often used as a measure of lateral quickness. Green rushed for 1,285 yards and 20 touchdowns this past fall, helping his team, Hermitage go 10-1 and showing a great deal of burst and power in the process.
For Michigan to land Green is a massive recruiting victory, given he had 40 other offers on the table from programs around the country, and the desperate need they have for a productive running back which can step in and make an instant impact in 2013.
Could Derrick Green be a game-changer?
Will he be given every opportunity possible to be so?