September 12, 2011

Green has a big debut to the season

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Recruiting is going to have to take a bit of a back seat for Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green now that his season is underway but that doesn't mean that programs won't stay on top of one of the class of 2013's top running backs.

Green opened his season this past weekend with a 27-0 win over Lee Davis high school and found the end zone three times and racked up more than 150 yards in a winning effort.

But while Green is ripping off long runs on the field, recruiters are staying in close contact and offers are starting to come in more regularly.

"I talked to the West Virginia coaches and they offered me (on Sunday) so they are my sixth offer so far," Green said.

The offer from West Virginia didn't come as a shock with the Mountaineers making frequent contact with Green as his coaches and he is pumped to know that he is highly thought of in Morgantown (W.Va).

"I am really excited about it," Green added. "They like how I get north and south when I run. I feel really good about it."

Green holds offers from Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, Virginia and Virginia Tech as well. He is also hearing frequently from Arkansas, Wisconsin, Miami (Fla.), Oregon, Clemson, Boston College and Michigan State as well.

Green has been a fixture in Columbus (Ohio) over the last couple of years, camping with the Buckeyes during the last two summers. He remains in frequent contact with the Buckeye coaching staff, as much as he can per NCAA rules.

"I talked to coach (Doc) Tressel a couple of days ago and I told him about my stats," Green said. "He was excited about them and told me that he can't wait to get me back out there for another visit."

But Green's schedule has made it difficult to get out and see games on Saturdays. His team has film study in the morning on Saturdays after games and that limits his options of getting out.

"I was supposed to go and see the Alabama and Penn State game but my film study ran late and I couldn't make it."

For now Green's attention is turned to his team and will worry about his recruiting later.

"Our main thing is to get back to the state playoffs," Green said. "I want to get my team and my coach a (championship) ring. That is what I am striving for."


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