4-Star Green High On Auburn Following Trip

Four-star running back Derrick Green talks about his weekend trip to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Richmond, Va.—Rated the nation's number seven running back prospect, four-star Derrick Green made his second trip to the Auburn campus in the last two months over the weekend. The Tigers have consistently been among Green's favorites since early in the recruiting process and he said his second trip to the Plains only confirmed those feelings.

"The visit went real well," Green said. "I had the opportunity to see the school again. I got the same feeling I did the first time. I got to sit down with the head coach again, speak with him, and sit down with my position coach and watch some film on how he plans to use me. I got the same feeling I did last time. It was a great visit.

"It's just a good feeling," he added. "It was my second visit here. I took a couple of visits to other schools and I just felt like I needed to give Auburn another opportunity. It's just a real good feeling."

One of the things that continues to help Auburn for Green is his relationship with current five-star commitment Reuben Foster. The two struck up a friendship at the camp circuit early in their careers and have kept in touch with Foster now talking up the Tigers every chance he can get.

"I know Reuben from the camps and visits like this," Green said. "He's a great guy. He's recruiting me real hard to try and get me here. I love him like a brother. That's my boy.

"They're building a great recruiting class up there," he added "I would definitely have an opportunity to get some early playing time. I have a good relationship with all of the coaching staff at Auburn as well as the players. It's real big."

Earlier this month Green listed Auburn as one of his six finalists heading into his senior year. Along with the Tigers he had Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech in the group. He said that's still the case at the moment, but he hopes to begin to narrow things down soon.

"I'll probably narrow it down some more," Green said. "Right now I don't know when I'm going to make my decision. I'm going to go home after this visit and talk with my parents and sit down with my coach and try to set some things up."

With an official visit already set for Michigan later this year when the Wolverines face Michigan State, Green said he's not sure of his other visits just yet, but he knows one will be to Auburn.

"I don't have any others yet," Green said of his official visits. "I know we're going to go home and try to set that up as well. We have some games in mind, but we're going to set that up and get down there again. Auburn is definitely getting a visit, no question."

As a junior Green ran for over 1,500 yards and scored 20 touchdowns despite rarely playing after halftime of games. He said his goals are to increase those totals as a senior and help his team to a state title.

He'll have the chance to get started on the right foot this Saturday when Hermitage High takes on Fork Union at 2 p.m. central time in Chesapeake, Va. The game will be shown on ESPNU.


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