July 19, 2011
Green makes believers
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There is little chance that Richmond (Va.) running back Derrick Green will sneak up on anyone with the class of 2013. The 6-foot, 215 pound running back with sub 4.4 speed in the 40 yard dash left Columbus (Ohio) with an offer for the Buckeyes but is also leaving other campuses with offers as well as he makes his way around some of the nation's premier programs.
Green recently picked up offers from Penn State, Virginia Tech and Tennessee recently to get his list up to five schools and counting. The extremely athletic running back however seems poised to be a player who will end up with 20-plus offers as more and more schools learn about him.
The Hermitage high school star is very early in his process and while Ohio State remains a top school on his list, he feels honored to be gather so much notoriety at this point and is taking interest from every school very seriously.
Virginia Tech - "I went to Tech with my coach and a couple of teammates and I think I ran another (sub 4.4) 40. Frank Beamer and the staff loved what I did and they all told me I looked good in everything that I did out there."
Tennessee - "The campus there is beautiful and I had a chance to check everything out there. They have a great weight room too and told me that they are looking to add on (to the facilities)."
But Green did not want to pit one school up against another at this point with every school having different things to offer.
"I can't say that I can really compare them because they all have different things about them," Green added. "All of the different things are so unique and it makes me like all of the schools that much more."
Even in the excitement of checking out other schools Green has stayed in contact with the Buckeyes and has not backed down on his interest in the Scarlet and Gray.
"I called coach (Jim) Bollman and talked to him and asked him about how the O-line is doing and then I also called and talked to Dick Tressel and asked him about the running backs and when two-a-days get started for them."
Green will be attending a FBU event coming up in the near future but his season preparations are rapidly closing in and he couldn't be more excited about it even with 90-degree plus temperatures on the East Coast as the team works on 7-on-7 drills.
"We start two-a-days August 15th," Green said. "I am definitely looking forward to that. The season starts for me then and I want to get my team ready. Today we had a film session and we are getting prepared."
While Green was in Columbus for the Ohio State camp in June he had a chance to befriend current Ohio State commit Bri'onte Dunn and stays in contact with him. He recently had a chance to talk to Dunn when he got back from a NIKE event in Oregon.
A current Buckeye that Green talks to as well is former high school teammate Curtis Grant.
"I talked to Curtis (Monday) and he told me he is coming home on Friday," Green said. "He really likes it at they are really working him and he loves that. He would like for me to come up there with him but he told me that the decision is mine."
Many people who have seen Green's tape have been looking for players to compare the young running back to but Green is not ready to rest on his tape and has been putting in extra work including on catching the ball. He says that he wants to be as complete of a player as he can be to get ready for the next level after high school.
"I would say I am a good at catching the ball and I can adjust to the ball and I have been working on my hands a lot with my team this summer," Green said. "With the 7-on-7's I have had that opportunity."
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