February 20, 2012
Pursuit of Green is picking up
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From a very early stage in the process, Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green has been receiving serious interest from Ohio State. The Buckeyes offered the 6-foot, 215-pound bruiser back in June and despite rumors to the contrary, the four-star back says the heat has been turned up from Ohio State since the coaching change.
"It's been good," said Green of his contact level with Ohio State. "I definitely keep in touch with them a lot. I think they're recruiting me even harder than the previous coaching staff. Me and coach (Stan) Drayton have a real good relationship. Coach (Zach) Smith, and all of the other coaches are showing me a lot of love and I appreciate that."
Part of Green's appeal to college coaches is that he has the body of a power back but also the feet of a scat back. Because of that, he feels he can adapt to any type of offensive system and isn't concerned about the type of spread attack that Urban Meyer is likely to employ at Ohio State.
"I wouldn't say it's had an effect on me," he said. "I'm used to both types of offenses. We ran the spread my sophomore year and more of a power style my junior year. I think with coach Meyer switching things up that ultimately they are going to win some more games."
Green has been out to numerous colleges over the last two years but has been keeping a pretty low profile lately. That could change in the coming weeks as a pair of Big Ten schools are hoping to host the talented runner.
"I haven't been to any junior days too recently," Green said. "I think I'm going to Michigan next week and I'm trying to make it to the Ohio State spring game."
Green is certainly a hot commodity right now in recruiting circles with approximately 20 offers from many of the nation's top programs.
"It's real exciting," he said. "Right now I just have to try and take my time and see what different schools have to offer. I'm trying to get to as many schools as I can to learn more about the coaches so I'm just taking it one step at a time."
With interest continuing to increase, Green identified the three schools that could be next to extend a verbal offer.
"I've been talking to the Alabama and Clemson coaches a lot and Boston College," he said. "Boston College and Clemson, I've been talking to the running backs coaches on facebook and with Alabama it's been the defensive coordinator."
On the field, Green is coming off an ultra-productive junior season despite not even finishing most of his regular season games due to his team's dominance.
"Me and my team did real well," Green said. "We made it all the way to the state semi-finals. I rushed for over 1,500 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. In the regular season I was only playing in like the first half of games because we were blowing people out."
Green is rated the No. 64 overall prospect in the nation by Rivals.com.
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