Like the rest of the Hermitage (Richmond, VA) varsity football squad, running back Derrick Green is busy preparing for this Saturday’s regular season opener against Fork Union Military Academy. The 6’0″, 230-pound rising senior no doubt still has recruiting on his mind, though, as he has yet to make his college choice.
Green, rated a 5-star prospect by Rivals.com, had a long list of major college suitors. In early August, he narrowed the field to six: Auburn, Michigan, Mississippi, Oregon, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. He recently visited Auburn and Georgia, and the Bulldogs seem to be in contention as well.
“He has mentioned before that there is one thing in common with the [finalists],” Panthers head coach Patrick Kane said. “They are all places with strong running back tradition.”
From here, Green plans to take official visits before making his commitment.
“The long term plan has always been to take all five officials,” Kane said. “The plan is to go through the whole entire process, but that doesn’t mean it won’t change. Once this recruiting thing starts to get going on September 1, things may change.”
A report on ESPN (subscription required) indicates Green is looking at taking an official visit to Michigan the weekend of October 20. Coach Kane says no official visit date has been set, adding also that it could be tough for the big-time back to make officials during the season. Hermitage has a bye the weekend of September 14. Otherwise, the Panthers will have team meetings every Saturday throughout the season.
If Green does take all five of his allotted official visits, there is a chance Virginia Tech may not get one. But...
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