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Monday, November 12, 2012
ESPN 150 RB Green talks Auburn visit

By Dave Hooker

Derrick Green is interested in Auburn no matter what.

The ESPN 150 tailback from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage said he would continue to consider the SEC school even if there is a coaching change there.

"Yes sir," Green stated via text message to ESPN. "No question."

When asked if he is worried about a possible coaching change, Green stated, "Not concerned at all."

The Tigers are 2-8 and 0-7 in the SEC after losing to Georgia 38-0 on Saturday. Media reports have claimed the administration at Auburn have taken steps to replace head coach Gene Chizik if the decision to replace him is ultimately made.

Clearly, a new staff would have to build relationships quickly with Green, who took his official visit to Auburn on Sunday. There would be just a little more than two months until national signing day if the current staff is released after the season. Auburn plays Alabama A&M at home on Saturday before closing the season at Alabama on Nov. 24.

The depth chart will be a draw for Green no matter the coaches in place. Auburn needs a power tailback. It's top three rushers are all under 6-feet tall and 200 pounds. Green is 6-feet tall, 215 pounds and only figures to get bigger in college.

"It's a real good chance for me to compete and get early playing time and eventually be that starter," Green stated when asked what he liked about Auburn.

When asked what he liked about his visit to Auburn, Green stated, "That game day atmosphere was amazing."

Green's finalists shifted last week. He told ESPN on Saturday that he is no longer considering Virginia Tech and is now interested in Miami (Fla), which has made a late push for him. His other finalists are Michigan, Tennessee, Ole Miss and Oregon.

Green was originally scheduled to take his visit to Oregon this weekend. He said he has decided to postpone that trip. Green has taken official visits to Tennessee and Michigan. Miami and Ole Miss seem like strong possibilities for future trips.

Green is rated the No. 41 overall prospect in the nation and the fifth-best tailback. He is rated the fourth-best prospect in Virginia.