- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
Derrick Green is weighing his options, all of his options. This summer, the ESPN 150 running has already visited nine different schools, and he made a trip down south over the weekend to check out three more.
The trip began with a stop in Tuscaloosa to visit the University of Alabama. It was the first time the Richmond, Va., resident had ever been on the Crimson Tide’s campus.
“It was really nice,” Green said. “I got there, spoke to my position coach, spoke to Coach [Nick] Saban, toured the campus. I had a good time seeing the facilities. I got to speak with the strength and conditioning coach. I really like him a lot. It was overall a good trip.”
“He said they want me,” Green said. “He said they were still going to recruit me even though they’ve got two running backs committed because things could happen. He told me about the program and how they planned to use me.”
As for Green, he’s still considering the Tide even with Jones and Tenpenny already on board.
“I’m still interested,” he said. “Wherever you go is going to have competition, and you better be ready to compete.”
After spending all day Friday in Tuscaloosa, Green left that night for Auburn, where he stayed and visited the campus the next day.
“Auburn was nice as well,” Green said. “I had a real good time out there, touring the facilities. I sat down and spoke with my position coach, the head coach, the strength and conditioning coach and the offensive coordinator. Everything went real well.”
He concluded the trip with a visit to Ole Miss on Sunday.
“It went good,” Green said. “Ole Miss was more than I expected. It was an eye-opening trip at all three schools.”
The number of schools Green has been to is now up over 10, and he’s not done yet. On Friday, he plans to visit Ohio State for Friday Night Lights, and he’s scheduled to make a return trip to Michigan on Saturday.
Earlier this summer, Green narrowed his list from 35 schools to 15, and he plans to cut that list down to 10 by the start of his senior season.