The number one running back prospect in the nation Derrick Green took his official visit to the Michigan Wolverines in October. There were many that thought during this trip he was going to commit. When he left and he didn’t pull the trigger, it leaves everyone wondering what he will do. It is believe that the Wolverines are in his top three with the Auburn Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers. Starting early at Michigan doesn’t look as good as the other two, but with both Auburn and Tennessee struggling this year, will Green choose to go to the school with the brightest future?
Michigan’s coach Brady Hoke would sure love to get this kid to come to his Wolverines. He’s built for the Big Ten. He stands at 6’ and weighs 220 pounds. He runs a 4.4, which for that size is quite dangerous. This guy is the type of back you give the ball to 30 times a game and let him wear the defense down, which is what the Big Ten is known for. Hoke usually likes to run more of a pro-style offense, but when haven’t seen a lot of that because of their quarterback Dernard Robinson. If Russell Bellomy, who is a pocket passer, gets the job next year we could see more it. The quarterback controversy now is will junior wide receiver move back to his original position, where he was the top dual threat quarterback a couple years ago in Devin Gardner.
Whichever quarterback takes the reigns after Robinson’s graduation, Green is still a guy you want in your backfield. If he chooses to go to Michigan he will have some work to do to move up the depth chart. Next year will be the senior year for the faster Fitzgerald Toussaint. They also have power back Thomas Rawls who will be a junior next year. I don’t think it will take Green too long before he sees the field though. He’s taller than both of these backs, weighs the same as Rawls and can run downhill very quickly. If the line can get him into the secondary, he will be a tough tackle for corners and safeties.
Green doesn’t have the greatest hands for a back, which is why I think he would fit well in a pro-style system. A spread offense needs more of a back that is a threat in the passing game. Green can still catch the occasional swing and screen pass, but you definitely want to just hand him the ball and let him wear down the defense. That’s until he can break it for a big one.
As I alluded to in my first article about him is that he is also a great blocker for a running back. That’s something that is important in a pro style offense, especially when you have a pocket passing quarterback. Green should be able to give a few extra seconds by slowing up a blitzing linebacker or helping out a lineman keep out his guy.
Green’s high school team, the Hermitage Panthers, have improved their record to 9-0. They have one last home game and with a victory there will have their conference sealed up. The playoffs are in their future for the #1 team in the state of Virginia. His team is poised to try to bring home the state title and Green is definitely ready to showcase his talents on route.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the Wolverines are watching him closely and hoping to get his commitment in the future. Green is a back you want to build your running game around.