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.