RICHMOND, VA. – Five-star running back Derrick Green slipped into a blue No. 27 Michigan jersey in front of family and friends and announced his decision to play for the Wolverines on Saturday at an afternoon press conference in front of family and friends.
Five-star RB Derrick Green is headed to Michigan.
The 6-foot, 220-pound Green chose Michigan over his other two finalists, Auburn and Tennessee.
Green was nervous for his announcement which was also streamed across the internet, but his most emotional conversation came earlier in the day when the Richmond (Va.) Hermitage standout told Brady Hoke he was coming to Michigan.
“He was real excited,” Green said. “I kept him on his toes. But when I told him today he was just astound and actually started crying. It was crazy, it was an unbelievable experience.”
Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 4 running back and No. 27 prospect overall, Green said his final decision came down to the wire. He took official visits to all three programs and hosted coaches in his home over the last couple weeks.
“I still had a good relationship with each school,” Green said. “Auburn and Tennessee are still great schools but like I said, I felt like Michigan was the better place.
“I actually knew I would say this morning. I slept on it last night. I prayed on it, I woke up and God was showing me signs that Michigan was the place to be. I felt like that would be the right decision for me.”
With Green’s pledge, Michigan now has 27 commitments in the class-of-2013, and 13 ranked inside the Top247. He visited Ann Arbor several times in the past including for his official visit the weekend of the Michigan State game.
“Every time I’ve been to Michigan it felt like home and that’s just the place I want to be,” Green said. “That’s where my heart is telling me to be.”
Green was attracted to the pro-style offense Michigan plans to run, and thinks he has an opportunity to get on the field early.
“That’s what I looked for the most in a school was the kind of offense they were going to run,” Green said. “I’d say with Michigan going back to the pro-style is definitely me all the way.
“I definitely plan to come out and go hard every day on the field and off the field. I have a great relationship with my position coach, Coach (Fred) Jackson, and like I said I’m just going to go there and grind my freshman year and do what I have to do on the field.”