Green, Parents Impressed by O'Brien

The new Nittany Lion coach makes another strong first impression, this time with a four-star running back recruit from Virginia.

Virginia running back Derrick Green had been on the Penn State campus three times before. But Sunday afternoon, as he and his parents packed up to leave Happy Valley and head back to Richmond following a short visit, they couldn't stop gushing about a new aspect from this particular trip.

“Coach O'Brien man, that was the highlight for my parents,” Green said. “And me too.”

He was referring, of course, to new PSU head coach Bill O'Brien.

The 20-plus-offer senior to be started his unofficial visit by chatting with running backs coach Charles London -- his main recruiter -- before moving on to talk to O'Brien.

The former offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots made it very clear the type of offense Green would be a part of at Penn State.

“He told me about the pro style offense he is bringing to Penn State, like what the Patriots had, and he told me he could see me as an every-down or three-down back,” Green said. “We got to watch some film and runs where he showed me things he could see me doing here, and explaining some of the Patriots' run game.”

London has made an impression on Green from his visits to Hermitage High in Richmond, and Green said he and London continue to build their relationship.

“We keep in contact and I call him usually once a week or so, just continuing to build the great relationship we have and getting to know each other more,” Green said.

Green ended his visit with appears to be a new staple for visiting recruits -- a tour to the new weight room conducted by strength and conditioning coach Craig Fitzgerald.

“We got to tour the new weight room with Coach Fitz, and man, was it nice,” Greene said.

And apparently, O'Brien's impression on Green's parents was nice, too.

“They and I really enjoyed it; they kept talking about Coach O'Brien once we were in the car,” Green said.

As for making a decision or narrowing his list, Green said he is not quite there yet, but said Penn State jumped up in his book.

“I'm not ready to make a list or anything yet -- every school has an equal playing field,” Green said. “That being said, I think very highly of Penn State.”

As for the rest of the summer, Green has camps planned in Atlanta in June and at The Opening in Oregon in July, as well as visits to Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss.

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