Sunday, January 27, 2013
Scouts: Green's ready to carry the load
By Billy Tucker
Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) is the No. 5-rated running back in this class, but he's arguably the most ready to contribute at the next level, which is significant for the Michigan Wolverines.
Green fills a big hole for Michigan in this class and instantly makes their offense more potent. He has the ability to contribute as a true freshman and in more of a full-time role than most incoming running backs are use to.
This young man defines the term load-back as he possesses plenty of size, power and speed to handle high carries in Ann Arbor throughout his career. This is a downhill runner who is decisive finding and hitting the hole, which translates well for the college level. He can create his own hole with great strength and balance, but also get through tight seams with deceptive quickness. While not a burner, he can pull away in the second level and is far from just a North-South power back.
If Hoke starts to implement more of a power game at Michigan then he certainly has the building blocks of the future with Green and a promising offensive line.