OSU Still Heavily Pursuing Green

If there's a perception that Ohio State slowed its efforts in the recruitment of Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green, Buckeye assistant coach Stan Drayton's weekly phone calls to the four-star prospect would suggest otherwise.

If there's a perception that Ohio State slowed its efforts in the recruitment of Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green, Buckeye assistant coach Stan Drayton's weekly phone calls to the four-star prospect would suggest otherwise.

Now up to 32 offers after recently picking one up from Alabama, the 5-11, 220-pound bruising back has maintained a strong relationship with Drayton and has even heard from head coach Urban Meyer.

The Buckeyes, of course, are trying to keep up with one of the most intense recruitments of any prospect in the 2013 class.

"Things have been going pretty good," said Green, who is ranked by Scout.com as the No. 17 running back in his class. "I've just been training really hard and trying to get ready for the season. I am blessed to have as many offers as I do."

There's no questioning why he's garnered as many opportunities, specifically when considering his bulky frame is combined with immense speed. Sorting through those offers, however, is something Green is content being patient with.

"Right now I am just trying to get out to see as many schools as possible and go on some unofficial visits with my parents," Green told BSB. "I am just trying to build relationships with coaching staffs right now and we'll go on from there."

"All schools are equal right now. I am just trying to go on unofficial visits and keep building that relationship with the coaching staff. In July I am going to Auburn, Ole Miss and Alabama. I am just going through the process."

Despite Green's reluctance to isolate any programs as standing out, Ohio State has been a school that has been thought to hold a special place in the running back's heart.

Green won't announce his decision until after he takes his five official visits and he knows for sure that the Buckeyes will receive one of those visits. His other four official visits remain undetermined.

"I grew up an Ohio State fan and I've been out there a couple of times for camps and I went to the Wisconsin game last year and I definitely liked the atmosphere and the types of fans," Green said. "They showed me a lot of love up there and of course Coach Drayton and I are building a really good relationship. I've also spoken to Coach Meyer a few times."

Rumors swirled that Green had cooled off on the Buckeyes because he was unsure about the spread offense the Buckeyes are installing under Meyer. A rather common feeling for bigger backs – see Bri'onte Dunn in last year's class – Drayton explained how the Buckeyes' offense operates more to Green.

Green stressed that he has no concerns with how bigger backs like him are going to be utilized in Ohio State's offense. Remember, the Buckeyes have similar runners like Carlos Hyde, Rod Smith and Dunn on the current roster.

"I know that right now Coach Drayton and me have a really good relationship and he's been to see me a few times," Green said. "I am still obviously interested in them and he was telling me all sorts of different things they do with the offense, and I like that. I like what they're doing with the offense so there was no need to address any concerns."

Green's recruitment may have reached a turning point when he earned a scholarship offer from Alabama, one of the most prestigious programs in college football over the course of the past five years.

The defending national champions, of course, have won consistently on the national stage and have done good work with its running backs, most notably with Heisman Trophy-winner Mark Ingram.

"It was a pretty big offer and I am trying to get out there," Green said. "I am building a good relationship with the coaches and I definitely know it is a school that is going to run the ball and they like big backs. They've done a good job with the running backs and put some backs into the next level, so it was a really big one for me."

With scholarship offers from top programs like Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Penn State, Tennessee, USC, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and others, Green understands it will hard to narrow his list. But that's a task he's up for because he's clear on what he's looking for.

"I know academics is first and foremost, but I also would like to have early playing time and a good atmosphere," he said.

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