In what seems to be the biggest commitment of the year for Michigan, Derrick Green has now joined a class that was already loaded prior to his commitment. Green is a back that seems to come once in a generation, and Michigan should be ecstatic that they landed the number one Runningback recruit in the country. He joins a backfield of Deveon Smith, Thomas Rawls, and returning starter, Fitzgerald Toussaint. Green has a combination of size and speed that make scouts drool, and head coaches call until the phone falls off the hook, or the recruit tries and breaks his phone so he has a chance to relax. He is college ready right now and instantly helps Michigan in that backfield. Taylor Lewan coming back probably had an enormous impact, but so did commit David Dawson, and Shane Morris. Green possesses the ability to break tackles, and has power out of the you know where, he has a lot of strength for a player who is 6′ and 200 pounds. Green has the ability to make tacklers bounce right off him, and also drag them all over the field.
Green’s commitment was Michigan’s biggest commitment in decades, and rightfully so. He is more than deserving of all the attention he brings with him, and I’ve not been this excited over a recruit in years. If Fitz and Rawls have a duplicate performance in camp as they did in the regular season last year, there’s a legitimate shot that green could be named starter for UM. A freshman starting isn’t always a bad thing either, remember how Funchness and Countess played in their Freshman years? How about Tate Forcier or Denard, even? Green has a shot to be great behind this line that is coming in, and I have a feeling that he will help UM hoist a Big Ten championship or two by the time he’s done in Ann Arbor.
Although green is a horse of a running back, he isn’t as patient as you would like to see out of a player from the RB position, but that should work itself out once he hits the next level. He isn’t blazing fast, but he’s fast enough to get to the next level, and eventually gain the momentum needed to make long runs, and will be hard to bring down from just one player. He may struggle to get to the edge as fast as you would like from a player at his position, and that may be one of the few things that could hurt Green over his tenure in college.
Overall, his game does have its flaws, like most high school players, however, his football ability and skill set will help him overcome those flaws, and will outshine his flaws. Development is something that will happen, and if it pans out the way we all hope, he has a chance to be a player like Todd Gurley from Georgia, or even better. Excited isn’t even the word to describe the fan base for UM, and rightfully so. The future is bright in A2, and Green is a big part of why it is.
As always, Go Blue!