Derrick Green made a late charge to finish as the No. 1 running back in our final Scout 300 rankings. Soon, he'll be taking his talents to Michigan. Our Brian Dohn gives you the scoop on Green's skills, recruitment and more.
Get to know him
High school: Hermitage HS (Richmond, Va.)
Rating: (No. 1 overall RB)
Biggest strength: There are so many to chose from, but balance is the biggest because without it, the ability to do so many other things well would not exist.
Area for improvement: It’s bit of a cop-out, but blocking. He’s never had to do it.
NFL player he reminds us of: I'm not big on comparisons because it puts a lot of pressure on a kid, but Green is a durable, physical runner who doesn't have elite speed, but that really isn't needed to be success. Just think Emmitt Smith.
Q: His recent commitment to Michigan is a major get for the Wolverines. What went into his decision to ultimately pick Ann Arbor?
Dohn: It’s all about comfort when kids chose a school, and Green is no different.
Q: He made a nice jump in the final Scout 300, going from No. 15 overall to No. 6 and the top-ranked running back. What did our recruiting team see in him recently that led to the bump?
Dohn: Green is the complete package when it comes to the running game. He is big, strong, accelerates well and has very good vision and balance. He is creative and he is difficult to bring down. He has quick feet, and his change of direction is very good. He can make subtle cuts and turn a 3-yard gain into an 8-yard gain in a flash.
Q:What are the biggest positives he brings to the field?
Dohn: He can control a game from start to end. He has the size and durability to be a workhorse, and he will enable an offense to control the ball and control the clock. And he is an every-down back, which means on fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line, he should get the ball.
Q: Does he have a shot to get on the field as a freshman?
Dohn: Green isn’t going to Michigan to red-shirt. He is going to play, and physically, he is ready to play. How much will depend on his adjustments to college life and how quickly he can pick up a blitz and also block.
Q: Michigan fans are saying goodbye to Denard Robinson, an electric offensive playmaker. Can they expect Green to carry the torch and be the next dynamic star on the team?
Dohn: I don’t think Green is an electric player like Robinson, who could throw the ball 60 yards and also score from anywhere on the field with dazzling moves. Green is more of a workhorse back who is appreciated over the length of a game, a season and a career. He can break the big play, but not in the electric style of Robinson. ... But Green does tie his shoelaces.
In his own words
"Every time I’ve been to Michigan it felt like home, and that’s just the place I want to be. That’s where my heart is telling me to be, (where) God (is telling me to be). I sat down with my parents to talk about it and Michigan is just the place for me." -- Jan. 26