- Brandon Chatmon, ESPN Staff Writer
ESPNU Watch List prospect Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) is being very diligent about the recruiting process. The elite running back prospect has taken several unofficial visits to various schools around the country.
“Going out to see a school definitely helps me,” said Green who has made trips to Wisconsin, Michigan, Clemson, North Carolina and North Carolina State. “After I’ve seen a school I jot down things that I like. And if the things I don’t like overweigh the things I like, then that school isn’t for me.”
Green will add Oklahoma to the list on April 20 when he takes a trip to see the Sooners. The 5-foot-11, 215-pound running back has been developing a strong relationship with Sooners running back coach Cale Gundy.
“I’ve been building a great relationship with Coach 'G',” Green said. “They’re a school that’s going to run the ball. I’ve been hearing a lot of good things from players who have been there. I definitely want to get out there and see it, put a face to the name and meet the coaches.”
Even though the Sooners have verbal commitments from two of the nation's top junior running backs -- Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Falls) and Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) -- Green still plans to make the trip later this month.
"I'm going to have competition wherever I go," Green said. "And I'm always up for it."
OU fans can thank Gundy's recruiting prowess for making Green feel wanted.
“He’s a great guy,” Green said. “He’s one of the coaches that keeps it 100 [percent honest] with me, he’s not going to kick any [lies] to me and he’s going to produce some great backs.”
Green is a bruising-type runner with excellent speed. He would fit as an every down back in the Sooners offense thanks to his durability combined with his explosiveness. He has 26 offers including OU, USC, Michigan, Clemson, Wisconsin and others.
“I’m still enjoying it,” Green said of the recruiting process. “It hasn’t gotten to the point where the coaches can start calling me, I think that’s when it will start getting crazy.”
With an offer list like that, Green knows he will have to compete and work hard to see the field wherever he ends up. And he’s prepared for the challenge.
“I just want to pick the school that is best for me, where I can possibly get some early playing time,” he said. “I know wherever I go, I’ll have to work for my spot and that’s what I’m willing to do.”
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