Derrick Green has no shortage of schools showing interest in him. The 5-11, 220-pound running back from Richmond (VA) powerhouse Hermitage, included the Pittsburgh Panthers on his list of 13 finalists--impressive for a team that finished 6-7 last year, with a 32-6 loss to SMU in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Initially, Green was going to come in this past weekend, but was asked to come back by the Pitt coaches when they would all be back from vacation; in the office. Green would be able to meet some of the coaches, but according to him, all of the coaches would like to see him when he's in town.
"I was supposed to come in, but (assistant director of football operations) Coach (Dann) Kabala said they wouldn't all be there. I'm going to reschedule a date for later in the summer."
Which seems to be okay for Green. He went on to list a few reasons why Pitt would be on his list of finalists.
"It would be my relationship with thecoaching staff, the running backs they have produced, and their academics," Green said.
Asked about Paul Chryst coming in--and the kind of offense he had for Wisconsin running back Montee Ball last year--and if that was a factor. Ball, of course, rushed for 1,936 yards and 33 rushing touchdowns.
"Definitely, (Chryst) has had a lot of good running backs, and he knows what he's doing," Green said. "They're (Pitt and Wisconsin) producing running backs."
With the Pitt visit postponed, Green will turn his attention to SEC territory. He plans on visiting Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss. Even though he's excited about being able to compete at The Opening in Oregon last weekend, Green wants fans to know he gets more excited about football that requires contact.
"I've been to a lot of camps; some of the best in the nation," Green said. "They're a lot of fun, but I'm not a combine warrior. I like putting the pads on. I'm getting ready for my first game on August 25."
That first game that Green refers to will be played against Fork Union Military (VA), and it will be a nationally-televised game.