July 10, 2012

Top RB ponders offer

As Georgia prepares for arguably its biggest recruit event of the year, Dawg Night, it also found the time to extend an offer to one of the top players in the country.

The nation's No. 1 running back, Derrick Green (Hermitage; Richmond, Va.) received his 34th offer from the Bulldogs on Tuesday, and it was the Georgia running backs coach that delivered the news.

"Coach (Bryan) McClendon messaged me on facebook and asked me to give him a call," said Green. "So I did, and he told me I had an offer and that they want me at Georgia. He told me about their situation at running back and that they want me to come visit."

Before ending his conversation with the McClendon, Green, who put out a top 13 earlier in the week, gave the UGA running backs coach a piece of information that was undoubtedly welcome.

"I told him that Georgia would definitely make the cut," he said. "I told him that I wanted to get down there and take a visit."

The call from McClendon wasn't the first time Green had heard about the Bulldogs in the past few days.

According to the Rivals100 playmaker, at least one Georgia commit was hyping up the Bulldogs at The Opening in Oregon this past weekend.

"I talked to a few Georgia commits out in Oregon at The Opening and they had nothing but great things to say about Georgia," he said. "Shaq (Wiggins), the cornerback, was telling me that it was a really cool place and the coaches are great. The campus is beautiful. All of the commits out there had great things to say about it."

The five star running back amassed over 1,500 yards rushing while notching over 20 touchdowns in 2011, and even as one of the best players in the country, sees opportunity in the Georgia backfield.

"I know they just had a running back leave the team, and they have another guy that is a senior," said Green. "Then they have another guy who has been there for a little while and two freshmen, so it is definitely a place were I can come in and compete. I'm not afraid of competition, but there is opportunity there."

The fact of the matter is that players like Green are going to have an opportunity anywhere they go, but does it hurt the Bulldogs that they offered a little later in the game?

"It doesn't matter that they just offered," said Green. "Things change all the time and that is probably what happened here."

Green has already had an extremely busy summer with his participation in the Rivals100 Five Star Challenge and The Opening.

The rest of his summer, however, is devoted to seeing as many schools in his top 13 as he possibly can.

Right now I really just want to get out and see as many schools as I can," said Green. "I'm going to visit Auburn, Alabama, and Ole Miss soon. Then I plan on getting up to Ohio State for their Friday Night Lights event, and then up to Michigan for The Cookout. I'm also going to Pitt on Sunday. I just want to go to these schools and sit down with the head coaches and the position coaches and see what they have to say."

Each visit is an opportunity for his top schools to make an impression on the bruising running back, and he knows exactly what he is looking for in each program.

"Academics are first and foremost for me. I promised my mother that I would graduate before even thinking about the NFL," said Green. "I'm also looking at the atmosphere and how my conversations go with the coaches. Then I'm definitely looking at the depth chart."

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