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Sunday, January 13, 2013
ESPN 150 RB Green names final three

By Dave Hooker

With an announcement pending, Derrick Green's final trio of schools are making a hard push to land the ESPN 150 prospect.

Tennessee was the latest school to visit the tailback from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage, who will announce his college decision on Jan. 26. The Volunteers did so on Sunday. Michigan coaches, including head coach Brady Hoke, are scheduled to visit Green on Monday. Auburn coaches are scheduled to visit Green on Thursday.

Two late entries in the chase for Green appear to be out of the running. The No. 38 prospect in the country told ESPN on Sunday that he was not planning to take official visits to Florida State or Miami, as he had considered earlier.

"Right now I've got it down to Michigan, Auburn and Tennessee," Green said. "I can't go wrong with any of those schools."

Tennessee, which is in dire need of a tailback, has put the hard press on Green. Four Tennessee coaches were at Green's house on Sunday, led by running back coach Jay Graham. Green said the attention meant alot.

"Definitely," he said. "It shows they really want me. They're high on me. It definitely shows a lot of love for me for them to all come out. I have a lot of respect for all those guys."

Green is optimistic about the Vols' future, even though Tennessee is under its fourth coach since 2008. The Vols hired head coach Butch Jones in January.

"They're great," Green said. "They're all business. They're trying to change Tennessee and do a 360."

Auburn continues to make a strong run at Green. Before the Tigers coaching change, Auburn was thought to be a strong player, if not the leader, for Green. The Tigers have maintained a solid standing through their transition.

Green said he has a strong appreciation for Auburn's coaches when they were at previous schools, especially first-year head coach Gus Malzahn, who was hired last month from Arkansas State. Malzahn was the offensive coordinator at Auburn from 2009 to 2011.

"The coaches," Green said when asked what he liked about Auburn. "Coach Malzahn, when he was there at Auburn, he won a national championship."

Michigan's coaches are scheduled to visit Green on Monday with head coach Brady Hoke. With coaching changes at Auburn and Tennessee, there's certainly reason to believe the Wolverines are in the driver's seat. Green isn't willing to go that far.

"I'm still weighing my options right now," he said.