Michigan football picked up a big time recruit today.
Derrick Green, a four star running back from Richmond, Virgina has committed to the University of Michigan football squad. Green, who is ranked No. 38 in the ESPN top 150, joins a very nice recruiting class for Brady Hoke.
Green, who picked the maize and blue over Tennessee and Auburn, has said that it was the quality of the program that drew him to U-M.
“Just the history behind the program and their traditions,” said Green at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this year. “[Running backs] coach [Fred] Jackson, coach [Brady] Hoke is a great coach. He’s the best coach I’ve met so far.”
Since taking over the head job at Michigan I feel like Brady Hoke has done some decent recruiting. He seems to really focus on the offensive line and defensive line, which is a good thing to do. If you have quality players at those positions, running backs and all other positions will want to go to the University of Michigan.
As for Green, if he is as good as they say he is, he should make an impact next season, as a second running back behind Fitzgerald Toussaint.
Green is five foot eleven inches and weights 220 pounds. According to Scout.com’s profile of Green, his strengths include power, size, and tackle-breaking ability. Those three strengths will go well with Toussaint who is a very fast running back.
However, Green’s weaknesses include breakaway speed, elusiveness, and his hands. Those things could be a problem if he wants to play because I’m sure it will be expected for him to catch passes out of the backfield at some point. But Scout.com says he is a great power back who can break hand tackles easily, which is something Michigan needs to have going forward into next season.