DeSoto Coach Todd Peterman Talks Michigan Pledges Gemon and German Green

DeSOTO, Texas -- Scout talked with DeSoto High head coach Todd Peterman to learn more about Michigan pledges Gemon and German Green.

DeSoto (Texas) High School head coach Todd Peterman led his team to a 16-0 record this past fall as the Eagles won their first state title in school history, the Texas Class 6A Division II crown.

While DeSoto lost plenty of major talent from that team, the Eagles reload every season and have plenty back to make another run. Two of the standouts are Michigan pledges and twin brothers Gemon Green, a four-star cornerback prospect, and German Green, a three-star safety prospect. The Green brothers committed April 20 to Michigan.

Peterman talked Wednesday to Scout after DeSoto's spring game about the two standout defensive backs.

"I think he's incredibly physical, which obviously they (Michigan) play with that style with their cornerbacks," Peterman said about Gemon. "He plays with confidence and he's a very physical football player.

"He gets it. Our cornerbacks coach does a great job of teaching and we run a whole lot of different coverages, more I think than most high school teams. I think that's to his advantage when he gets to the next level. He's just got to continue to grow and mature. He's a young junior right now and he needs to just continue to get stronger."

Peterman said Gemon is a model citizen when it comes to DeSoto's football team and the school in general.

"He's wonderful. He's part of our leadership council," Peterman said. "He's got a great personality and he's just a natural leader."

German has not had quite as high a profile as Gemon because German suffered an ACL tear and missed his junior season. Now back from the knee injury, German is poised to live up the high standard his brother set this past fall. German performed well during the spring camp season and has looked good this spring, according to Peterman.

He definitely possesses the physical tools to succeed at the Power Five live, Peterman said.

"Actually, he's about a half inch taller than Gemon, and our last 40 times he was faster than Gemon, even though he's coming off an ACL," Peterman said. "I think he's a little more physical than Gemon. That's why we moved him back to safety.

"There's not a whole lot of difference in them. They're twins. Both of them bring the same characteristics, the same personality to the table, and are going to make great additions to Michigan. ... I'm gonna be honest with you, I could just tell them apart last year. They've got to have numbers on for me to tell them apart. They're both cerebral kids. They've got great parents at home that raised them right. They're good, solid, mature kids and good characters."

Like Gemon, German is also part of DeSoto's leadership council and sets a high bar off the field.

"That (leadership council) is kind of the elite of the elite as far as our campus leaders and team leaders," Peterman said. "They've got that natural leadership ability."

Peterman said a key for readying German for college ball will be his adjustments this fall after recovering from his knee injury.

"He's gotta continue growing in confidence. Whereas Gemon got a whole year of it, German did not," Peterman said. "He's gotta get out there, mix it up, get beat a couple times, and recover."

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