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Michigan Football Recruiting: Derrick Green (RB) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile


Posted at 6:00am — 1/29/2013

Michigan Football Recruiting: Derrick Green (RB) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Derrick Green from Hermitage High School — Richmond, Virginia.

Height: 6’0
Weight: 220
Number: 27
Current Position: Running Back
Future Position: Running Back
City/State: Richmond, Virginia
High School: Hermitage
Head Coach: Patrick Kane
Recruiter: Coach Fred Jackson, Coach Al Borges, and Jerry Montgomery.
Official Visit: 10/20/2012
Committed: 1/26/2013
Top 5 other Offers: Alabama, Auburn, Ohio State, Oregon, and USC.
Rankings: 24/7: 4-star … ESPN: 4-star … FanSided: 5 1/2 Footballs … Rivals: 5-star … Scout: 5-star.
40-Time: 4.4
Shuttle: 4.08
Vertical: 32″
GPA: 3.0
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Opening Comments:

On Saturday Derrick Green ended a long recruiting process by committing to Michigan. Strangely one national source decided to not place the commitment on television in a timely manner, strange since this has been a long-standing practice the source brags about.

Derrick Green has been stated to be a good fit for Michigan. There is much across the spectrum on which to base that conclusion. Derrick has mentioned constantly that academics were important. It is not a stretch or a statement of bias to state that Michigan clearly provided the best degree value among the finalists. Derrick values family and visa versa and it is not a surprise that the current Michigan manner and meaning of family was compelling. Derrick and his family conducted a low key-family oriented commitment event. Derrick was well dressed and well spoken, as were his parents. In short, this supports what those around him have said all along, that Derrick and his family are exceptional people. Everything kept coming up Michigan and Derrick certainly appears to have what it takes to get the job done both on and off the field with distinction. Time will tell, but Derrick should wear the Michigan Man mantle very well.

Now go back one year and the landscape was very different. Enjoying a successful summer camp at Ohio State, Derrick was said to be a Columbus lock. Then, Michigan pursued Ty Issac aggressively and Michigan recruiting site talk of Derrick Green was put on the back burner under low heat. Issac goes to Hollywood and the Derrick Green conversation again ignited. The prevailing view was too little or too late. But give the coaching staff credit for never giving up on Derrick’s recruitment.

Derrick Green approached his recruitment in a close-vest style. He used data, gut feeling, logic, intuition and personal preference to finally arrive at a decision. Welcome to Derrick and his family.


Derrick Green is, GBMWolverine believes, one of the top prospects in the country, regardless of position. His rankings on most national recruiting sites are very high, and this notoriety is deserved. Derrick has rushed for almost 3000 yards over the last two seasons against top competition, despite not playing many quarters in the second half due to his team being way up on the scoreboard. Derrick also scored 40 touchdowns over this same period of time.

Some of his scores looked ridiculously easy. Derrick exhibits impressive measurable including a 32-inch vertical jump and a 4.08 shuttle run (take note of the low shuttle time). Everything indicates solid academics and citizenship. His G.P.A is in the 3.0 range. Derrick’s nickname is freight, and that name is appropriate for what his job will be at Michigan.


Derrick is an old school, classic one cut and go downhill runner. He gets his shoulders squared and gets downhill in a big hurry. Derrick has worked hard to create a well-built and powerful body, and we here are especially impressed with his leg strength. His film also shows very quick feet and excellent balance, he seldom goes down on 1st contact. Derrick shows enough vision and athletic ability to see and hit the cutback. We think Derrick’s overall speed is underrated and while he may not break tons of 50-yard runs, he will break some. What he can do is pile up positive gains time after time.


Like the typical back adjusting from high school to college, Derrick will need to prove he can play without the ball. He has not had to block and his hands definitely need to improve. Like many big backs, Derrick takes a lot of hits, which can take a toll.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Derrick Green to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will likely play his first year.

Derrick Green reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — LeRoy Hoard — who played running back.

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