Richmond, Va.—One of the top running back prospects in the country, 6-0, 220 Derrick Green from Hermitage High, is rated as the No. 17 back in the country by Scout.com heading into the summer. With offers from coast to coast, and one of the more impressive lists of schools you will find anywhere, Green said right now he’s still just having fun and not in a hurry to begin narrowing his list of potential college destinations.
“It’s going pretty good right now,” Green tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I’m just enjoying the process right now. I haven’t narrowed anything down yet. I’m still just looking at everybody. They are all on an even playing field. I haven’t dropped anyone yet.”
One of the schools that Green is anxious to take a closer look at this summer is the Auburn Tigers. With an early offer from Gene Chizik’s program and having the chance to build a relationship with the coaching staff and learn more about the university and team, Green said he’s ready to see what Auburn is all about.
“I’m actually going to be there in July,” Green said. “I’ll just take an unofficial visit there. I like Coach (Curtis) Luper. He’s just a great guy and we’re building a relationship.
"I know it’s a school that is going to run the ball and get the ball to its running backs," Green added. "I know the big thing is getting down there in July. They want to show me the campus and speak with the head coach (Gene Chizik).”
Derrick Green's combination of size, speed and on-the-field production have made him a popular recruit with college coaches.
Green is a bruising runner who Scout.com’s Director of Scouting Scott Kennedy describes this way: “A powerful running back who can blow through arm tackles and typically takes more than one defender to bring him down, Green has surprisingly quick feet for his size. He can clear traffic between the tackles, not getting tripped up because of his good balance. Not a conventional breakaway threat because of raw speed, but gets his share of long runs after breaking tackles at the line of scrimmage.”
Green said Auburn’s search for bigger backs is exciting to hear. He also said that the history of Auburn’s running backs, and how Luper’s players have done, is something to think about as well.
“It definitely helps Auburn,” he pointed out. “After college I would like to play in the NFL. Just look at the backs that he hass produced and he’s got a list that goes on and on. You want to play for somebody that can get you to the next level.”
With dozens of offers and still looking at them all, Green said when the time comes to make his decision he’s got several things in mind that he’s looking for to separate his eventual home.
“Academics is first and foremost,” Green said. “The coaching staff and the atmosphere are also important to me. My relationship with the coaching staff will be big. Then it’s just how I feel overall.”
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