The long awaited decision by five-star RB recruit Derrick Green is now in the books. Green announced a couple of hours ago that he will be attending the University of Michigan to play for head coach Brady Hoke. The decision comes to the shock of some who expected Green, like most five-star RB recruits, to head down south to the trenches of the SEC, so this is a huge win for the Wolverines and Big Ten conference as a whole.
Green narrowed his choices down to Auburn, Tennesee, and Michigan and it had been rumored that Tennessee was his top choice. The 6’0″, 220 lb recruit claims the main reason for his decision to become a Wolverine was Hoke and his coaching staff. Big praise for Big Blue.
“It was the coaching staff there; it’s unbelievable. Coach Hoke is a great coach, but he’s an even better person. It’s amazing for a head coach. There’s an awesome history behind Michigan and coach Jackson has coached a lot of great backs and I’m hoping to be the next one. I’m planning to go to Michigan and learn a lot and take in what he is going to teach me.”
Another factor that apparently played into Green’s decision was the weather in the Big Ten region, which is a bit ironic. Said Green, “People always talk about how I should go play in the SEC and play in the heat, but I prefer playing in the cold weather,” he said. “With me being from New York, it was always cold so I prefer to play in the cold weather.” So, to all those skeptics out there who thought Green made a mistake by not choosing a school in the SEC, there you have it. At the end of the day folks, if he’s got the talent, it’ll bleed blue and yellow and it won’t matter what conference he’s playing in.
Rivals.com rates Green as the top RB recruit in the nation and 8th overall ranked player overall.