Catching Up with Derrick Green: Part II

By Alex on December 1, 2011 at 1:16p

Back in July, we spoke to Richmond (VA) Hermitage running back Derrick Green. At the time, Buckeye fans knew Green as the person who helped steer Curtis Grant to Columbus by raving about Ohio State after visiting for summer camp.

It soon became apparent that Green was a special player in his own right. The junior is ranked in the ESPN 150 and gets at least four stars across the board. At about 6-0/220, he brings a combination of power and speed that is so coveted to the running back position, much like his childhood idol, Eddie George, for whom he wears the number 27 in honor of.

While Green remains high on the Buckeyes, there are a lot of other schools that have joined the mix. At one point it seemed like he could be headed for an early decision, but it now looks like he will be checking out all of his options and making the best decision after weighing all factors out. Whichever school that is, is going to be very lucky, as a hard work ethic and tremendous amount of talent have Green in line to be one of the most sought after players in the country, regardless of position.

We got the chance to sit down with Green to discuss how things are going in his recruitment, what he thinks of the Bucks hiring Urban Meyer, what he talks to Curtis Grant about, and much more. Join us after the jump to hear the latest on super junior, Derrick Green.

How did your junior season go? How did your team do and how did you perform individually?

Well my team and I are still in the season. We have the state semi-finals on Saturday and are 12-0. I currently have over 1,000 rushing yards and 20 TDs so far.

What is currently going on in your recruitment? What visits have you taken this year and what is your timeline for a decision?

My recruitment is going really good right now. I just got my 13th offer, from Rutgers. I have been to a few games this year like Virginia Tech vs Virginia, Wisconsin vs Ohio State, Virginia Tech vs Boston College, Notre Dame vs Maryland, and West Virginia vs LSU. I don't plan on making a college decision anytime soon. I'm just taking my time with the recruitment process.

Do you have a leader or favorite at this point?

No, I don't have a leader. Every school is equal at this point.

Tell us about your visit to OSU. What did you enjoy most about it?

Wow! [laughs] My visit to Ohio State was for the Wisconsin game. It was the best so far as far as how the game went, the excitement, the fans, and the atmosphere! It was a great visit and I really enjoyed myself.

How often do you speak to Curtis Grant? What does he tell you about Ohio State?

The last time I spoke to Curtis was when I was out there for the Wisconsin game. I asked him how he liked it and he told me he loved it and would like for me to come out their with him.

Now that Urban Meyer is head coach at Ohio State, does that impact your thinking on the Buckeyes at all?

I wouldn't say that Meyer becoming the head coach would impact my decision, because I'm choosing a school based on how it will impact me for my 3-4 years of college, not on who the head coach is.

What are your goals for the summer and your senior season?

My goal for the summer is to start getting a deeper look into the things all of these schools are offering me, not just in football, but in life. I am planning on going to Alabama and Oregon for camps.

As for my senior year, I want to definitely get my team back to states and get another ring, as well as individually rush for over 2,000 yards and 30 touchdowns.



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Mark's picture

Is he really 16 or 17 years old???  Wow.

Baroclinicity's picture

Alex G., doing some serious work.  I like these interviews - well done sir.

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Jdadams01's picture

Agreed. Thank you, Alex.

Green is a stud who has the physical abilities to fit in any offense. His power and speed is a rare combination. Would LOVE this kid in S&G. By far the most impressive running back recruit out of any 2012 or 2013 kid on our board, IMO.

Alex's picture

Thanks guys...have a few more coming over the next few days

ThirdLegLouie's picture

I would disagree about Green being better than any 2012 or 2013 prospect.  I'm really high on Bri'onte Dunn's stock.  They're pretty comparable side/speed stats: Green is 5'11 & 225 w/ a 4.58 40 time ***Dunn is 6'1 & 222 w/ a 4.65 40 time. 


However from the film I've seen I think Dunn has much better vision with the ball and great feet to extend plays. Granted, I've watched a lot more of Dunn running the ball than Green but I don't think there's any way in hell you can say Green is "by far the most impressive running back".

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William's picture

Green running a 4.58? He ran a 4.31 at the PSU camp, granted that time seems a bit fast, I'd still say he runs in the 4.4 range. Green is by far a better RB at this point in his career. Dunn is an excellent back as well, but he's much larger and much slower. Green has a much better combination of power and speed than Dunn does.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

I pulled all sizes & times right from

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William's picture

Green used to weigh 268 pounds. He shed over 40 pounds and he recorded a 40 time of 4.37 at  a VaTech camp.

As for the 4.31 40 I'll check for a link to find his results from that camp.

Jdadams01's picture

Dunn would be second for me, but the thing for me is potential. I think Dunn has reached his while Green hasn't scratched his yet. And potential is what recruiting is all about. Green is a more fluid athlete that is possibly more verstile. Don't get me wrong, I want Dunn in S&G, but with Dunn I see a high ceiling of a poor man's Beanie Wells (which is definitely not a bad thing). With Green, I see Trent Richardson, but a hair faster. I'll take the latter. I guess it's just a matter of tastes.

When in doubt, I also look at offer lists, because I think the coaches know more than me. Dunn has offers from the OSU, scUM, Tennessee, USC, ND, Pitt, Penn Shtate. Green has offers from Oklahoma, OSU, Wisconsin, Va Tech, UNC, Tennessee, Arkansas, Penn Shtate, South Carolina, West Virginia and he's a year younger. The Oklahoma offer alone tells me a lot as Stoops knows running backs. Alabama has also been showing interest which tells me they may agree with my Trent Richardson comparison.

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If you guys get a chance...Check out Tyren Jones.  Class of 2013 RB out of Marietta, GA.  Walton High School.   Stats through 13 games: 280 carries - 2111 yds - 31 rushing TD's.  3 receiving TD's and 2 return TD's.  Kid is an absolute stud and has shown some interest in tOSU.  Playing in the state semi's tonight!

Maestro's picture

Beast.  Seriously, the kid looks like he could step into the Buckeye backfield for the bowl game and perform at a high level.

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3 Yards And A Cloud of Dust's picture

Just saw this post:  Appearing on Sirius radio, Ohio State AD Gene Smith said that LB Ryan Shazier played with torn MCL against Michigan.  Shazier is even more of a beast.  Hope he's on the road to recovery.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

Much love to Ryan Shazier...Damn, that's playing with some heart.   I know he said last night that his knee was causing him a lot of pain but damn. Best wishes to him and a speedy recovery!

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btalbert25's picture

While I applaud him for playing through pain, WTF was the training staff thinking letting him go out there playing on a torn ligament?  I know injuries aren't always obvious until you can get a look at it through an MRI, but surely guys who are trainers for a major athletic program can notice when and injury may be more than just a strain or something like that. 

Conroy's picture

Curtis Grant and this guy?  Can we get signed up for a long time recruiting pipeline Hermitage or something?

Buckeyejason's picture

Impressive physique for a kid that just finished his junior year of Highschool.


buckeyenut10's picture

This kid is a monster. I'd love to see him in Scarlet and Grey.

B.Miller with this kid as a second option? With a decent O-Line we'd be better off than Wisconsin right now.

Clown Baby's picture

I think Meyer should consider offering Green's entire O-line.

thatlillefty's picture

"I'm choosing a school based on how it will impact me for my 3-4 years of college"... really hate that answer

ThirdLegLouie's picture

How is that a bad answer? OSU is a great 3-4 year experience

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nickma71's picture

Power and speed are not a rare combination in people. They are both from fast twitch muscle. Im just sayin...

Buckeyejason's picture

Very true!