Oklahoma Sooners: Derrick Green

Q&A: WolverineNation on Montgomery

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Oklahoma got its man with the hiring of former Michigan assistant coach Jerry Montgomery to replace defensive tackles coach Jackie Shipp. Montgomery is known as a young coach with lots of energy and the ability to recruit.

WolverineNation recruiting writer Tom VanHaaren took some time to answer some questions about Montgomery for SoonerNation.

SN: What is Montgomery's reputation as a recruiter among the recruits you talk with?

VanHaaren: He's a younger guy, so he related really well with recruits. He provided a little bit of energy for Michigan with his youth and that was something that resonated with the recruits. He's very personable and got along very well with moms and dads, too, which is important. He has good connections and the new relationships he built, he built them quickly. A lot of people found it easy to trust him.

SN: Who's the best player he landed during his time?

VanHaaren: He had a hand in landing running back Derrick Green, who was the No. 5-ranked running back in 2013. He has also had a big part in recruiting 2014 defensive end Da'Shawn Hand from Virginia. Hand was ESPN's junior of the year and is going to be one of the top prospects in this class.

SN: What's one example of Montgomery's recruiting ability, i.e. when he landed someone or turned someone unexpected?

VanHaaren: Probably landing Derrick Green. There were a few aspects of Green's recruitment that helped Michigan, but early on it looked like Michigan had no chance.

SN: In what regions of the country does he excel?

VanHaaren: He mainly covered the south for Michigan, but had a hand in a lot of different areas. He landed a really big defensive tackle out of Utah for 2014, Bryan Mone. He mainly recruited Virginia, Georgia, Florida, the Carolinas.

SN: If you had to use three words to describe his recruiting style, which three would you choose?

VanHaaren: Tenacious, enthusiastic, genuine.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 16

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Alvin Kamara, Derrick GreenESPN.comUncommitted 2013 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green.

ESPN 100 running backs Alvin Kamara and Derrick Green can score from anywhere on the field thanks to their breakaway speed, an attribute that makes them very attractive recruits to the Oregon Ducks. Oregon's pursuit of the duo headlines this week’s #BlueChipBattles. Insider

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#BlueChipBattles: Week 3

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David Dawson decommited from Michigan and Justin Manning delayed his decision date, and that had a big-time ripple effect in this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider, as more than half of the top 10 spots have new occupants.
Bob Przybylo answers readers' questions about Oklahoma football and basketball recruiting in his mailbag every week. Got a question for Bob? Send it to his mailbag at bprzybyloespn@gmail.com.

SoonerNation subscriber charlescitymosaic asks: It seems to me we should have pushed harder upfront with the local kids (Texas) and not so hard on the nationwide aspect. I could be wrong, but it looks like our philosophy this year bit us in the butt.

Bob Przybylo: This aspect of OU’s recruiting is going to be scrutinized immensely at all times. I still think it’s working. I do think the toughest part of evaluating this national recruiting state of mind is what makes it a success?

Oklahoma fans can’t wait for July to end.

Hours after Sooners fans found out Courtney Gardner and Will Latu would not be eligible to play this fall, elite running back commitment Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) announced his decommitment from OU. Bryant is No 30 in the ESPN 150 with a 87 rating and is the No. 2 running back in the nation.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comESPN 150 running back Greg Bryant decommitted from the Sooners on Monday night.
Bryant’s decommitment is a blow to the Sooners' class but fellow elite running back Keith Ford remains committed to OU. Ford is No. 32 on the ESPN 150 with a 87 rating and is the No. 3 running back in the nation.

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Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. Monday night was a tough one for OU fans as Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage-Boca Delray running back Greg Bryant decommitted from the Sooners. It’s a major blow even though OU does have the commitment of the third-ranked RB in the nation in Cypress (Texas) Ranch back Keith Ford. Where might OU turn? Two names stick out in Adam Taylor (Katy, Texas/Katy) and Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage). And one incredibly dark horse name to keep tabs on is in-state back Diquon Woodhouse (Altus, Okla./Altus), who fared well at OU’s camp in June. With no favorites, the search is back on for Cale Gundy.

2. With USC taking the commitment of ESPN 300 defensive end Torrodney Prevot (Houston/Alief Taylor) on Sunday, the Trojans are officially out of scholarships. The Trojans have used up their 18 scholarships and 16 of their 18 commits have OU offers. The good news for OU is with USC out of the way, there are a lot of west coast products that have the Sooners on their short list. And OU can no longer be beaten in a head-to-head battle with USC.

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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.”

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comRunning back Derrick Green is planning a visit to Oklahoma, despite the Sooners already having two running back commitments.
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.

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Every weekday morning, a member of the SoonerNation gives his take on three things happening in the Sooner sports world.

1. OU has some holes to fill for its 2013 class, but running back is definitely not a concern. The Sooners already have the verbal commit of Keith Ford (Cypress, Texas/Ranch) and are in the running for several big-time backs. Greg Bryant (Delray Beach, Fla./American Heritage-Boca Delray) and Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) have expressed a desire to visit the campus. And back Adam Taylor (Katy, Texas/Katy) could attend OU’s Red-White game April 14 with teammate and OU commit defensive end Matt Dimon. All three backs are on the ESPNU Watch List and Ford is considered one of the best backs in Texas.

2. Mid-week games aren’t supposed to be mean too much, but this two-game set for the OU baseball team Tuesday and Wednesday against Air Force could be important. The Sooners are reeling right now, no other way to explain it. OU has lost five consecutive games and is coming off getting swept at home against a struggling Texas team. As has been the problem in the past, OU is finding it tough to get the big hit in the clutch situation.

3. This looked like it could have been a rebuilding year for the Oklahoma women’s basketball team, but Sherri Coale’s club has a great chance at making it to the Sweet 16. The sixth-seeded Sooners take on the third-seeded St. John’s at Lloyd Noble Center on Tuesday night. St. John’s needed a last-second bucket to survive Creighton on Sunday, while the Sooners played one of their best games of the season in a dominating performance against Michigan. It will be interesting to see what type of crowd shows up to support the women.

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At Richmond, Va./Hermitage High School, he’s known as the “Freight Train."

But most freight trains can’t move like Derrick Green.

The class of 2013 running back prospect brings reported 4.31 speed in the 40-yard dash along with his 5-foot-11, 215-pound-frame to the table. His size/speed ratio has earned him several scholarship offers including Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech, South Carolina and others.

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