The Michigan Wolverines had a slight edge going into Saturday’s college announcement in which highly-recruited running back Derrick Green chose the blue and yellow over two other top schools. Now that Michigan knows Green is going to be a part of their squad, expectations have risen for what the program hopes to accomplish in the near future.
Green narrowed his decision down to three teams: Michigan, Tennessee Volunteers and Auburn Tigers. No one believed there was any chance Green would choose a Big Ten program over the SEC, but that is exactly what he did. The Wolverines closed the gap on their recruitment process with Green in the weeks leading up to Saturday but no one was really sure which school he would pick.
To say that head coach Brady Hoke was hopeful Green would decide on Michigan is putting it lightly.
“He was real excited,” Green said. “I kept him on his toes. But when I told him today, he was just astound and actually started crying. It was crazy, it was an unbelievable experience.”
Hoke understands just how special Green is and what his capabilities are. He also knows that with a dynamic player such as Green on his side a Big Ten Legends division crown is within his grasp.
Green’s 6-foot-0, 220-pound build is impressive in its own right but that fact that he is able to run a 4.31 second 40-yard dash on top of it is just downright scary. His presence will be welcomed considering the Big Ten might as well be the black and blue conference in which the 12 programs are more known for their bruising running style and physical play more than anything else. Not to mention, Michigan has a top-notch offensive line class, plus the Wolverines are currently No. 1 in Scout’s rankings based on recruiting class.
“College coaches like my speed at 4.31 in the 40-yard dash,” Green said. “They also like my size at 220, my vision, my hands, my power and the yards I get after contact. It’s usually between four and seven more yards. That’s what makes me a BCS-level recruit.”
Green is ranked No. 8 in Rival’s top 100 while he drops off a bit in ESPN’s top 150 where he sits at No. 33. Either way, rankings are just that to Green and nothing more. He fully understands from here on out it is based on what he accomplishes over the next few years.
“I definitely plan to come out and go hard every day on the field and off the field,” Green said. “I have a great relationship with my position coach, Coach (Fred) Jackson, and like I said I’m just going to go there and grind my freshman year and do what I have to do on the field.”
Michigan is hoping to add to their already remarkable recruiting class on Feb. 6 when National Signing Day will take place. However, from what is seen so far the Big Ten better be prepared for the storm that is coming.