Green Still High On Ohio State

Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green has 27 scholarship offers to date and his recruitment is only getting hotter. Though he has yet to release a top five, Green said Ohio State is still one of the schools that remains high on his list. Get the full update inside.

Ohio State's recent verbal commitment from running back Ezekiel Elliott of St. Louis John Burroughs isn't an indication of the Buckeyes being satisfied at the running back position in 2013.

If how hard Ohio State is recruiting Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green is any indication of the staff's desire to add another back to the class, the Buckeyes are eager to bulk up at the position.

And Green, a four-star prospect with 27 scholarship offers, doesn't mind at all that the program has added more talent at his position.

"The running back committing doesn't really bother me because I know wherever I go I am going to have to compete for my spot," Green told BSB. "Ohio State is doing good things and they're going to get players. That's the way it is."

Ohio State is one of nearly 30 programs that have made the recruitment of Green a priority. The 5-11, 220-pound back most recently picked up a scholarship from Oklahoma State and has others from top programs like Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Tennessee, USC, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and others.

Next up for Green is a trip west to see Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas. If the way things have gone in his recruitment continue, Green will have well over 30 offers before he makes the trip.

"It is just a blessing to go to these schools and have the offers. I am just having fun with the process and enjoying the opportunities I have," Green said. "I have a little schedule going with days where I call certain coaches. I am just loving the process right now. I am not trying to make anything overwhelming."

With an offer list as extensive as the one Green possesses, it most certainly would take some time to sift through it and make a list of favorites.

Green, however, said he wasn't in a hurry to narrow down his list to a top five because he doesn't want to make programs that are interested hesitant about recruiting him.

Green – the No. 20 running back in the 2013 class – did say he plans on using one of his official visits on Ohio State, the program he grew up rooting for with his late grandfather. Green models his game after former Buckeye running back Eddie George and wears No. 27 for his high school team in his honor.

"I speak to (running backs coach) Stan Drayton often and he tells me they're doing a lot of different things with their offense," Green said. "I am still trying to get out there to visit again and meet some of the new coaches I haven't met yet."

Even without having a top five, Green made sure to acknowledge that he has a special place in his heart for Ohio State, especially since it is one of the first programs to recruit him.

"I think it is better now because they have such a great head coach now with Urban Meyer and all the great things he did at Florida and the things he can do at Ohio State now," Green said. "I know they send me a lot of mail and their definitely moving up as a program, which is really big. They're recruiting me pretty hard, but they're not recruiting me too hard."

Green once indicated to BSB that he planned on making his decision on his birthday weeks after National Signing Day in February of 2013. However, he's since changed his mind on the matter and he now plans to make his decision earlier.

"Everything is going pretty good. I am still building relationships with these coaches, trying to get out to see some schools," Green said. "To be honest, I don't know when I am going to sign. I am going to make my announcement when I am ready. I actually don't know when it is going to be, but I know it won't be later than National Signing Day."

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