Green Continues Road Trips

With 23 offers from coast to coast, Hermitage (Va.) running back Derrick Green is still picking up offers and taking visits, including upcoming spring visits to Wisconsin and Michigan. More importantly, he's taking his time with his opportunity for an unselfish reason.

MADISON - The recruiting process can often be a selfish recruiting process for a high school senior, especially for the four-star, five-star recruits that have 20-plus colleges wooing them.

Since they already are the star of the high school football team, they tend to make the process about themselves, by either dragging out their decision as long as possible or do a public commitment with hats and television cameras surrounding. Sometimes they even do both.

Hermitage (Va.) running back Derrick Green is a four-star running back and he plans to make his decision in the winter. But if anyone thinks Green is selfish with the process, they don't know one of the reasons why he's taking his time.

"I just want to bring coaches into my school so they can get a look at my teammates and help them get looks," Green told Badger Nation. "I am not in any rush to make a commitment or a top five."

It's a noble decision and one of the positive character traits why Green – 5-11, 220 pounds – has been offered from coast to coast. Green is up to 23 offers after UCLA offered him on Sunday, but the big thing for him is to find an offense that features the running games, has good academics and a good surrounding. The goal this spring – instead of making a decision - is to find some options, no matter where they are in the country.

"I just got back from North Carolina, North Carolina State and Clemson," said Green, who says his parents will support whatever school he will pick. "My next visits are to Wisconsin and Michigan. I am just looking forward to putting a name with a face, meet the coaches, meet some of the players and see what they think about how the recruiting process went and get a feel for a school."

Green has already seen Wisconsin play, as he was a visitor for Ohio State's last-second victory over the Badgers in Columbus in October. He wants to give the staff, Camp Randall and the rest of the program a closer look because of the good dialogue he's developed with running back coach Thomas Hammock.

"My relationship with Coach Hammock is real good," said Green. "He's one of the coaches that has kept up with me. I spoke with him last week and he's definitely a real cool coach. He told me I would be a big factor into their backfield as a freshman with Montee Ball leaving. I definitely like Wisconsin a lot."

Green said the other factor that impresses him about Hammock and Wisconsin is his recruiting contact would be his position coach should he commit to Wisconsin. That, according to Green, allows him to get instant feedback on how Wisconsin views him as a player and how they can improve his game going forward.

"We can build our relationship better because I can definitely see what he likes out of his running backs and how he coaches his group," said Green. "I am excited to get out there this spring."

Nothing, however, excites Green more than trying to lead his team back to a Virginia state championship. Rushing for roughly 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns during his junior year, despite rarely playing in the second half of games because of blowouts, Green has been one of the motivators in the offseason.

"We got to the finals, it didn't go as planned with us losing 10-9, but it was a great season despite the heartbreaker," said Green. "That's been the motivation for us to go hard in the weight room and prepare for next season."

Green currently holds offers from the likes of Arkansas, Auburn, Miami, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, South Carolina, USC, Virginia Tech and many others. He plans to do one elite camp in Minnesota and start narrowing his focus by the start of his senior season.

"I am focused on my senior season and get our team back to the state championship and get a ring," said Green. "I might announce on my birthday next February, but I'm not sure. I just want to have an idea of what schools would be best for me and go from there."

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