Catching Up with Derrick Green: Narrowing It Down

By Alex on April 2, 2012 at 7:00p
Will Green follow Grant to Columbus?Ohio State has a big fan in Derrick Green

While many Buckeye fans are still celebrating the addition of RB Ezekiel Elliott, Urban Meyer and his staff are still out on the recruiting trail, trying to make the class of 2013 the best in the nation.

One of the players Meyer is pursuing to reach that goal is another running back in the form of Richmond (VA) Hermitage's Derrick Green. Green is a 6-0/215 back who rushed for over 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns last season. He is rated a four star prospect by Rivals, Scout, and 247, holding 27 Division I offers thus far.

The most important thing for Ohio State fans to know about Green is that he grew up as a huge Buckeye fan and wears the number 27 in honor of his idol, Eddie George. While many prospects don't like to make the fact that they rooted for a team growing up a big factor in their decision, Green certainly does, listing the Buckeyes at the top of his list for a while now, thus giving Urban Meyer an advantage over many of the top programs in the country.

One other tidbit for OSU fans to know is that Green is the one who turned LB Curtis Grant on to the Buckeyes and may be the one to thank if the early reports of Grant holding down the MIKE linebacker spot stick true through this fall.

Even though the Buckeyes are a favorite, Green is certainly doing his homework on all of his college choices and has taken a number of visits to see potential future homes. We caught up with Derrick to hear about some of those visits, get the latest on his recruitment, see how he feels about the Buckeyes picking up another back in Ezekiel Elliott, and more. Join us after the jump to hear the latest on one of the nation's top running backs, Derrick Green.

You have been a busy man when it comes to recruiting. How many offers do you have and who are they from?

I am up to 27 offers now, as I just got offered by Oklahoma State. My other offers include Ohio State, Arkansas, Auburn, Boston College, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Miami (FL), Michigan, Ole Miss, North Carolina State, UNC, Oklahoma, Penn State, Purdue, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

You have been taking some visits recently. What are some of the schools you have gone to in the last few months?

The schools I have visited so far are Ohio State, Clemson, NC State, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

A few weeks ago you took that trip to Wisconsin. What did you do while there and how did you enjoy the trip?

The trip to Wisconsin went well. I got to see the campus, meet the head coach, meet my position coach, and check everything out. They had a beautiful campus and I really like the style of offense they play and how they use their running backs.

Right after Wisconsin you went to Ann Arbor to see Michigan. Tell us about that trip.

Michigan was also very nice. I got to meet my position coach while I was there, but not the head coach because his father was sick. The highlight of my visit was getting to hang out with Denard Robinson and I can definitely seeing myself playing there.

While you were on that visit, word broke that another running back, DeVeon Smith, committed to Michigan. Does that have any factor in your decision to consider the Wolverines?

That doesn't change anything for me with them at all. Wherever I go I will have to compete for a job and I plan on winning that job, no matter who the competition is.

After all of these visits is Ohio State still your leader? Who else sits at the top of your list?

I'm definitely still in the process of seeing schools and narrowing down my list, but Ohio State definitely is still on top. They have a pretty big lead over anyone else, but if I had to say another school that's even close to them it would be Clemson.

Are you planning on taking another visit to Columbus any time soon?

I spoke to Coach Drayton a few nights ago and we are actually trying to figure that out. I want to get out there during my spring break which is April 6-April 13, so it's looking like I might get back out there sometime during that time.

Not sure if you heard but another running back just committed to Ohio State. Does that change anything with OSU?

Another reporter actually just told me that before and I had no clue, but it doesn't bother me one bit. I looked into him and he is a different type of back than me, but as I said before I am going to have to compete with other great players no matter where I decide to go.

How frequently have you been speaking to the Ohio State coaches?

I talk to Coach Drayton and Coach Smith a lot, maybe one or two times per week. I have spoken to Coach Meyer once as well. They are all just telling me they want me to be a part of the Buckeye family and that I have a chance to come in and compete for playing time right away. They think I could be a big time back for them.

What is your timeline for making a college decision?

I don't know right now. I haven't narrowed down my list yet and am still trying to get my teammates some looks from schools, so I'll have to sit down and figure everything out.

Has OSU said anything to you about making a decision by a certain date or are they planning on waiting as long as it takes for you?

They have never said anything to me about a time limit, so I'm guessing they are willing to wait for me. I'm sure they'd let me know if they were running out of room or anything like that.

Have you spoken to Curtis Grant at all lately? What is he telling you about Ohio State?

I actually hung out with Curtis a couple weeks ago when he was home on his spring break. We were working out a bunch together in the gym here. He tells me what he likes about OSU and how the new coaching staff if, as well as what I can expect if I go there, but he doesn't pressure me to commit. He wants what's best for me and will support me even though he wants me to be a Buckeye.

What are your plans coming up? Any combines or camps this spring and summer?

I am actually going to the VTO Camp this coming Saturday and will be at a Nike Sparq event as well. This summer I am planning on getting out to Alabama and Oregon and hope to earn offers from both of those schools as well.



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741's picture

Passes the look test with flying colors.

dbit's picture

Yikes, Bucknuts has his 40 at 4.31.  That might be stretching it a bit. 

The way he says we are way out in front sounds promising though!

Alex's picture

He was clocked at 4.31 at PSU camp last year...I know someone who was holding a stop watch

William's picture

He clocked a 4.37 at VaTech as well. The guy legitimately runs in the 4.3s.

dbit's picture

Wow, that is fantastic then.  Hope he is a Buckeye

buckeyedude's picture

 A 4.31 40? Surprised he's not a 5*.



Matt's picture

He's absolutely right about Elliot being an entirely different back than he is.  I really want this kid.  He's a physical freak of an athlete, but he's also an out-of-state stud recruit who wants to be a Buckeye badly.  The stars don't align like that too often.  

bassplayer7770's picture

Agreed.  Elliott can be used in a variety of ways, and Derrick can pound the hell out of the defenders in the power running game.  I like the sound of that...

BuckeyeJim's picture

Who is their coach, Bollman?

He will love playing in the Shoe.

ARMYBUCK's picture

WOW.  When he runs it up the gut he reminds me of the old #27!  That is exciting!

buckeye76BHop's picture

It sounds like he wants some attention before committing to the Buckeyes.  If so...that's just FINE with me!  Green's an absolute STUD and him and Elliott would be a fearsome tandem in the back field (I think he knows that too by his comment about Eze being a different back;-)  I see some serious tools for a GREAT Buckeye team on the horizon with this year and last years class.  Could be down right NASTY!  

Go Bucks!

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"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

rdubs's picture

That could be true, but honestly this is the biggest decision he has made to this point in his life and likely one of the top 5 choices he will make in his entire life and so I have no problem him weighing all of his choices for as long as he wants.

DMcDougal24's picture

Alex I know you've stated this in past threads, but hypothetically if Buckeyes grab Green to go with Elliott, do they take any other running backs?

Alex's picture

Don't think they take more than 2, unless its a guy you don't say no to (Ty Isaac type) or a guy who can play RB/WR/Slot

pcon258's picture

honestly, of all the guys ive read about so far, this guy seems like the realest deal. that picture is downright terrifying, hes really quick, hes not afraid of a position battle, and most importantly he's team first (extending his recruitment to get his teammates looks). guys a beast, would be a huge get for urban and co.

subermp's picture

Can we go after this center too...

JasonBuck's picture

You the man Alex...staying on top of things like always! Have to ask, do you see anymore commits in the near future or do you think the spring game is the next time we see anyone commit?

Alex's picture

I have to talk to Anzalone tonight and Pocic, but I'm thinking Spring Game...we shall see though

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

Man, I'm impressed with the right guard.  #71,  check out the effort by this guy. What a blocker. Won't be shocked to see him get looks.

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

703Buckeye's picture

71 looks like a very strong run-blocker, especially against the d-line. However, his run-blocking looked very inconsistent at the second level and his pass-blocking looked poor. He's an intriguing prospect to bring up, but he's definitely not at the level of the o-linemen the Bucks are targeting.

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-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter

GlueFingers Lavelli's picture

I was impressed with his effort and how fast he fired off the line. Might be a great lineman for an option school. 

Dustin Fox was our leading tackler as a corner.... because his guy always caught the ball.

Alpo's picture

Freakin awesome to hear him say that we're still way out in front for him! Hope we lock this kid up, be an awesome tandem with Elliot in Urbans offense

Bucks43201's picture feet --- almost looks fast-forwarded ( @  0:31 )

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TeddyHeisman's picture

Green and Elliott will be the 2 RBs in this class.


If they are both on board, the staff would say NO to Isaac (IMO). 


Doesn't really matter though since he is going to USC or UM.

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buckeye76BHop's picture

Yep...agreed.  I've said from the beginning that Isaac is not going to be a Buckeye.  He wants to be the MAIN guy and I don't see him fitting in to the TEAM concept (green was speaking of competition...not being the #1 back).  Now if he wants to commit...should the staff say no????  I think not!  Isaac's a specimen of a RB however...I would be perfectly happy to have Eze and Greeny.  Suits me just fine.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Maestro's picture

I have been in love with this kid's film for a while now.  Would be a huge get.

vacuuming sucks

Jdadams01's picture

Has been my favorite back in this class for the last year. He hasn't been playing running back for long and the way he manned up and changed his body/lifestyle are impressive. He's just scratching the surface of his potential.

Irricoir's picture

I can'tsay enough about the push and drive of his offensive line. Those boys are some hard workers! Stay hungry!

I don't always take names when I kick ass but when I do, they most often belong to a Wolverine.

Alex Root's picture

Well if we get this kid, and with eze e! I think we are set at RB for 4-5 years with Dunn,Hyde,smith. I know you can miss on guys but these guys look very good. I am pretty excited for next season and beyond.

Alex's picture

Interesting Ezekiel Elliott told me the staff told him they are taking 1 back in this class

ThirdLegLouie's picture

My thoughts exactly, especially becasue, according to Green, Coach Drayton has told him that they will be taking 2 backs. You don't say NO to Derrick Green. End of Story. 


This is from Green per Bucknuts yesterday:

“Coach Drayton told me they are taking two backs and he wants me to be one of them” 

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

Northbrook's picture

Based on having Marshall and the depth chart one is what I thought they would take.

Maestro's picture

That would be surprising, but with Ball and Dunn just one year ahead I can see it.  I don't necessarily agree with it, but Elliott is about as clear cut of a "Percy Harvin" type of player as you could ask for.  Good hands, explosive, shifty etc.  I love Derrick Green, but perhaps they really want to focus on other positions with Dunn and Ball in the fold.

vacuuming sucks

William's picture

I feel like not taking an absolute stud like Green could be a huge misstep, but in the end Elliot committed first, so there's that. This is all of course hypothetical.

buckeye76BHop's picture


Think that was just to get him to commit...or do you think there's merit to this?  That would mean they're telling two different RBs different things...not sure I like that tactic...if it's true.

"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."

"I love football. I think it is most wonderful game in world and I despise to lose."

Woody Hayes 1913 - 1987 

Alex Root's picture

That doesn't make sense though, they told elliot they are taking 1 and green they are taking 2 they had to know that would come to light at some point.

ThirdLegLouie's picture

We don't know what anyone on the staff told any recruit exactly. All we know is that two recruits are saying different things. Also, these are high school kids we're talking about.

The line of thinking all along has been that 2 will be taken- also, the large amount of RBs offered sort of lends credibility to the notion that more than just 1 would be taken in this class. 

If you ain't a Silver Bullet, you're a target

yankeescum's picture

Personally I think that with the way Ty Isaac catches the ball, he could be the perfect "Percy Position" player, and in many ways is a different back than Green, and does not run out of the I, but in my opinion would be one hell of a slot player, who can do different things.

DMcDougal24's picture

I think since Jalin committed so early that many are leaving him out of the "Harvin" conversation when really he's the best fit. Isaac would be nice, but I'm okay with a Green/Elliott mix at RB and Marshall at the Harvin spot

Jdadams01's picture

Not really worried about it. They will take 1 true RB in the class: Green. Both Elliott and Marshall will be used as hybrids.

Jdadams01's picture

That or he told Elliot they'll take 1 OTHER running back.

hail2victors9's picture

I don't think you guys have to worry about holding a spot for Isaac.  I would be shocked if he didn't up at Michigan or ND with USC having an outside shot.  I hope you land Green, though.  I think he would've already committed but he's holding out to help his teammate(s) get more exposure.  I look forward to our top notch running backs squaring off in the future.

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~Bo Schembechler

Jdadams01's picture

This. I think those three schools will be competing for Isaac until signing day. I don't get the impression that the staff is pushing as hard for Isaac as he did for Elliott or sometimes seem to be for Green.

hodge's picture

Leave it to the Michigan fan to steal our thunder...haha.

Naw, I totally agree with you man, there's no way Isaac is coming to OSU.  Hoke's domination in Illinois is undoubtedly impressive, but I'm less concerned with Isaac and more interested in an OT by the name of Ethan Pocic.

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

Never gets old reading these recruiting stories!!!  This kid is a blazer and would look great in a Buckeye uniform!!!

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bassplayer7770's picture

BTW, Ezekial confirmed in the interview linked below that he was recruited for the "Percy Harvin" role.  Seems to me the staff would still want Derrick.

BucksShockTheWorld's picture

He looks great in this highlight video. Gotta love anyone who is an Eddie fan! What I liked most is how hard he runs! They are STACKING the box in every play and he still is eating up ground. Cant wait to see him in a Buckeye uniform!

JasonBuck's picture

Maybe they said they'll take one "RB" because Elliot is really a slot/RB and Green is more a true "RB".  I think in the end, Urban will never turn down a athletic fast kid, especially given his disappointment with the lack of current players he considers "playmakers".

Statutoryglory's picture

No way you pass on a guy with the talent of Green and that incredible discipline and drive at such a young age.

DMcDougal24's picture

Mike Farrell: Doug -- not sure who got that "pretty big lead" out of Green but he never names a leader when I talk to him and he loved his Clemson visit quite a bit. OSU is still there, but pretty big lead has never come out of his mouth nor has any leader and I've been talking to him since he was a freshman.

Don't worry, I sent him the article to hit him with a little bit of knowledge.