Michigan makes the cut for Derrick Green

4 star Virginia running back Derrick Green took a weekend trip to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit and some BBQ at the Big House – and consequently U-M makes his just-released Final Six schools. Green and his mother talk to GBW about the three-day experience at Michigan, interaction with coaches and recruits, as well as his affinity for the Wolverines offense.

One of the biggest remaining targets on Michigan's wish list in the class of 2013 is Hermitage (VA) High School running back Derrick Green. The 5'11, 220 pound bruiser had the red carpet rolled out before him as he made his way onto Michigan's campus for a weekend visit with the Michigan coaching staff as well as several current and future Wolverines.

"I got to town Friday and we stayed until Sunday," Green told GoBlueWolverine. "I got there and met with some of the coaches, the receivers coach and offensive coordinator. Saturday I got to speak with Coach Hoke for the first time and that was a good talk. I also got to sit down and spend some time talking to Denard Robinson on Sunday and hung out with all of the recruits as well."

Robinson, for the most part soft spoken throughout his career at Michigan, has recently taken it upon himself to share his story and become more of a spokesperson for the Wolverines. In an informal setting, Robinson did his best to bring Green into the fold.

"He just told me the Wolverines are a family team and they take care of their family and that they'd love for me to join the family and that it's just a great place to be," said Green.

While Michigan defensive line coach Jerry Montgomery has built a nice rapport with Green as his primary recruiter, the Scout.com 4 star tailback is striking up a nice relationship with the longest tenured assistant on the Wolverines staff and his possible future position coach, Fred Jackson.

"He's a great guy and definitely knows his football," said Green. "Definitely coaches the position very well and just looking back at his history he's coached a lot of great running backs and sent guys to the NFL but just the history behind his coaching is impressive."

Looking to really impress Green, as well as continue building trust, head coach Brady Hoke took a stab at trying to convince the power back that Ann Arbor is the place he needs to be.

"He's definitely a great guy as well," said Green of Hoke. "He was just telling me about the program and that he wants me to be a part of the program and wants me to understand what they do in the program."

What role Green might have in the program and in the backfield for the Wolverines will have to be earned everyday in practice should he choose Michigan. With two other strong backs committed in the class of 2013 Green, nor the coaching staff, are worried about finding enough carries for the possible ball-carrying trio.

"They said they're taking one more guy and that they want that guy to be me," said Green of the running back position. "I know wherever I go I'm going to have to compete so I'm not worried about another guy that's committed. I'm just going to go in and work hard wherever I go."

As the Michigan offense continues to transition to a power, pro-style offense, the chance in philosophy is exactly what Green is looking for in his future.

"There's no question about it because I'm a north/south runner and that pro-style offense fits me very well so that what's I'm looking for when I narrow my schools down -- who's going to let me run down hill," said Green.

Hoping to secure the commitment from Green on the visit, the class of 2013 was back at work despite not having their ringleader and lead recruiter Shane Morris in attendance for the BBQ. While Shane was competing at Gridiron Kings in Orlando, Florida, the unheralded big fellas upfront lead with some pretty strong material.

"I've got a good relationship with most of them from going out to different camps," said Green. "Also the offensive line class, they kept telling me if I come in I'll definitely win the Heisman running behind them but it was all good." Before leaving the grasp of his possible future teammates, as well as the confines of Ann Arbor, Green made a special trip to pick up some Michigan gear.

"Yes sir," said Green laughing. "Every school I go to I got to get a shirt and stuff to bring back."

With a lot to think about on his way back to Virginia, along with the maize and blue attire, Green's mother couldn't be happier with her sons situation and the decisions that will need to be made moving forward.

"I'm glad that he's taking the process slow and not making decisions on the spot and taking visits, not just for fun, so I'm proud of him from that aspect," said Green's mother.

Green has named a Top Six schools this morning -- Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Mississippi, and Oregon -- and, according to his mom, "We're definitely going through and looking at the pros and cons of each school because we want him to make a sound decision."

When he makes a decision I want him to stick by it," she continued, "I don't want him committing and de-committing type of thing so that's one of the reasons we're doing this process the way we are."

As for when the process might meet the end of the road, with the end result being a decision, mom isn't the one driving the car and wants her son to decide where and when to stop on his own.

"That will be totally up to him," said Green's mother. "This recruitment process is his, I'm just there for support and at any time when he says he's ready to commit that's what we'll do and if he wants to take one official or five officials I'm just there to support him."

Asked about the Wolverines chances of eventually landing the commitment of her son, Green's mother conveyed her personal affinity for what the maize and blue have to offer.

"They've made a good impression," said Green's mother. "I like the academics, the facilities and the coaching staff is really great so they've made a great impression."

As for where Green's head is at with recruiting at this point, the Wolverines have made the top six but a decision is on the back burner.

"Right now I don't know when I want to make a commitment and really that's not my focus," said Green. "My focus is on this season."

Green's next appearance in Ann Arbor -- a tentatively-planned official visit for the Michigan State game.


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