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Five-star RB opts for Michigan over pair of SEC schools

Derrick Green

Wins on the big-game stage have been few and far between for the Big Ten when the SEC has been the opposition, but the conference did pick up a rather significant one on the recruiting trail Saturday.

With his choices reportedly down to Auburn, Michigan and Tennessee, Richmond, Va., high school running back Derrick Green announced this afternoon that he has verbally committed to play his collegiate football with the Wolverines.  The reason for Green’s decision, which the back said was actually down to UM and UT, was a relatively straightforward one — the coaching staff in Ann Arbor.

It was the coaching staff there; it’s unbelievable,” the 6-0, 220-pound Green said according to said. “Coach(Brady) 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 (Fred) 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 in Green’s decision?  B1G weather, believe it or not.

“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.”

A five-star recruit according to Rivals, Green is rated as the No. 1 back in the country by that recruiting service as well as the No. 8 player overall at any position. also rates Green as the top RB in the Class of 2013, while rates him as the No. 4 player at that position.

Other than consensus No. 1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche, Green was the highest-rated player on the Rivals100 board who had not yet given a verbal commitment.  That honor now falls to Auburn, Ala. linebacker Reuben Foster, who is No. 13 on that service’s board.  There are now 13 on Rivals‘ big board who have yet to commit with National Signing Day nine days away.

Green’s commitment continues an impressive recruiting haul for Michigan.  On the strength of 27 verbals, UM is ranked No. 1 (Scout), No. 4 (247Sports) and No. 6 (Rivals) by the three major recruiting services.

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39 Responses to “Five-star RB opts for Michigan over pair of SEC schools”
  1. be4bama says: Jan 26, 2013 5:14 PM

    He may regret not playing in the SEC.

  2. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 26, 2013 5:34 PM

    Great choice Green. Go Blue!!

  3. seanb20124 says: Jan 26, 2013 5:56 PM

    Does not matter where you play, of you have the talent you will be found

  4. polegojim says: Jan 26, 2013 6:00 PM

    Nice to see. Coach Hoke has done great things for the UM program… and is reaping some recruiting benefits… as it should be.

    I want to see the LSU game on the board SOON!

    GO BLUE!

  5. michiganfan1 says: Jan 26, 2013 7:00 PM

    No need to have any regrets – he has 110000 new best friends cheering for him every Saturday in the big house and over 500,000 alumni around the world. He is very welcome in Ann Arbor. He can look forward to being part of a great program at a great school that will always look out for him. The school will help him in both football and academics. Based on his responses in the article he looks like he has his priorities straight and it’s just the type of person that can help set a great standard on and off the field.

    Welcome to the Michigan Family, Go Blue

  6. floridacock says: Jan 26, 2013 7:15 PM

    Obviously he payed attention to the bowl season and did not want anything to do with SEC defenses!

  7. latchbeam says: Jan 26, 2013 7:28 PM

    Another recruiting class (supposedly) ranked at the top of the Big Ten! Does it matter?? Nope… they will still finish 3rd or 4th and get smashed at the end of the year as usual.

  8. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 26, 2013 7:38 PM

    Lol Michigan fans get real you still cant beat the buckeyes OH…..IO

  9. lbroberts123 says: Jan 26, 2013 7:49 PM

    I’m trying to figure out this long list of great backs he’s talking about…

  10. ckualii says: Jan 26, 2013 7:59 PM

    I’m always impressed when an OSU fan proves he can spell Ohio.

  11. kozbee says: Jan 26, 2013 8:03 PM

    The Bucknuts will still beat them.Michigan has the Bo curse,cant beat Ohio st.

  12. kozbee says: Jan 26, 2013 8:21 PM

    The last good player that came out of Mich was Desmond Howard WR that won the heisman back in the stone age,best running backs were Wheatley,Hart,Biakautuka that i can remember,hope hes not just thinking about those three cause i don`t think they ever won a NC with either one..

  13. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 26, 2013 8:39 PM

    Kozbee……how about Brady, Woodson
    and a guy named Harbaugh? They’ve done pretty well after college play.

  14. kozbee says: Jan 26, 2013 8:46 PM

    Brady was good when he entered the NFL,@ U.M he was not all that imo.By the way were talking about running backs.I just thru Desmond in there for nothing.And Harbaugh i think he did win the Roses once.Lets talk good running backs.

  15. hollisrob1 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:15 PM

    Anthony Thomas Chris perry

  16. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Jan 26, 2013 9:23 PM

    If we’re talking running backs why did you mention AC? Your apology is accepted.

  17. overratedgators says: Jan 26, 2013 9:36 PM

    floridacock: you mean those SEC defenses that couldn’t stop a Big East Louisville team from trouncing UF?

  18. dgbk says: Jan 26, 2013 10:18 PM

    @overrated gators

    your username is adorable. did coach champ not high five u after a game or something?

  19. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 26, 2013 10:36 PM

    Yea well its even more funny when dumb Michigan fans yell GO BLUE when by far their colors are not blue wow Michigan people are stupid.

  20. barnesaintnoble says: Jan 26, 2013 10:58 PM

    It’s funny when ohio state fans struggle with colors. Thank god college football doesn’t involve shapes, they’d be devastated! Michigan’s colors are maize and blue. Even the SEC fans know that. Please send this to all ohio state alumni:

  21. bengalsstillsuck says: Jan 26, 2013 11:39 PM

    Yea ok dude well at least we dont struggle with wins have fun getting your ass kicked again next yr.

  22. tcwestdad says: Jan 27, 2013 12:50 AM

    Clarett and Katzenmoyer. Did they even know how to spell the word color. I give a toast to O$U. The school with the highest payroll in the Big 10.

  23. huskersrock1 says: Jan 27, 2013 2:40 AM

    Michigan has a better overall class than us, but I will take our 2 high 4 star running backs over their 5 star RB.

  24. chrisjfla says: Jan 27, 2013 8:44 AM

    Yeah, Michigan can’t beat Ohio. That would explain our 58-64-6 record against O$U. Get a clue

  25. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 27, 2013 10:53 AM

    I am enjoying the interconference smack between
    arch rivals, makes me wish for the Auburn game early.

  26. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 27, 2013 10:58 AM

    overratedgators wrote on: Jan 26, 2013 9:36 PM

    floridacock: you mean those SEC defenses that couldn’t stop a Big East Louisville team from trouncing UF?

    No I think he was talking about this

    Louisville was well prepared, led by a great coach, that wanted the game more than the Gators.

  27. mblue24 says: Jan 27, 2013 11:15 AM

    Great choice Green. Now we can see you in the Big House. Something that the so called SEC doesn’t have. Go Blue!!!!

  28. be4bama says: Jan 27, 2013 11:29 AM

    The SEC has
    Bryant Denny
    The Swap
    The REAL Death Valley
    Jordan Hare
    I hope you get the picture.

  29. amosalanzostagg says: Jan 27, 2013 11:49 AM

    You forgetting Kyle Field, They’re spending $425 million to have capacity of 108,000. Think Johnny Football had something to do with it.

  30. be4bama says: Jan 27, 2013 11:56 AM

    And what about Neyland……it’s tough to win there enemy when UT is irrelevant.

  31. glastron1 says: Jan 27, 2013 12:38 PM

    Where in the hell is the swap?

  32. bigbuckeye76 says: Jan 27, 2013 1:37 PM

    Good get for UM….B1G needs top talent.

  33. beedubyatoo says: Jan 27, 2013 2:19 PM

    Of course he chose Michigan. All the other schools that were on his list have running backs that would actually give him competition for playing time.

    Michigan’s perfect. Their best rb, Denard Robinson, has exhausted his eligibility.

  34. florida727 says: Jan 27, 2013 2:40 PM

    #overratedidiot, how many national championships does Louisville now have including the one they got against Florida in the Sugar Bowl? Yeah. Thought so. SEVEN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN A ROW! TWO of which were by Florida.

  35. gatorprof says: Jan 27, 2013 8:30 PM

    Good choice. He will play against softer defenses week in and week out.

  36. be4bama says: Jan 27, 2013 8:33 PM

    The Swamp belongs to the University of Florida.

  37. tcwestdad says: Jan 27, 2013 11:04 PM


    Michigan has a high 4 star RB as well, Deveon Smith. He and Green will make quite a pair!

  38. Irootforaconferencebecausemyregionsucks says: Jan 28, 2013 7:56 AM

    Uh oh. This recruit turned down an SEC school that I don’t follow. I’d better make some comments pumping up the conference!


  39. roltyd says: Jan 28, 2013 11:27 AM

    I’m glad he’s not playing in the SEC, he’s a beast. But, with that said, the kids from that area tend to get in a lot of trouble. Lets check with him in a couple of years to see if he’s kept himself out of trouble and on the field…healthy.

    Good luck, Derrick. Work hard, set goals, stay away from bad influence.


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