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Top ranked HS running back Derrick Green picks Michigan

Derrick Green, future U of M running back
Derrick Green, future U of M running back

RICHMOND, VA (WQLR) -- High school running back prospect Derrick Green has selected Michigan over Tennessee and Auburn to attend this fall. The Richmond, Virginia native is considered by some to be the top rated high school running back in the country, and with a rare combination of speed, power, and hands, it’s no wonder why.   

Green is listed at 6’ and 220 lbs., runs a 4.4 40-yard dash and as a senior at Hermitage High School, rushed for 1,285 yards and 20 touchdowns.

During a press conference Saturday Afternoon, Green did a customary "fake out" with the three baseball caps on the podium table representing each school. He then walked over to a light switch and raised the projector screen behind a table where his family was seated, showing the U-M home jersey with Green No. 27 on the back.

Green will however need to talk to WR Jonathan Keizer if he plans to wear No. 27, as Keizer is currently listed as No. 27 on the Michigan roster.

Before Saturday’s announcement, it was no secret that Green was leaning towards making Michigan his choice to attend college.

"Just the history behind the program and their traditions," said Green at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl earlier this year. "Coach [Brady] Hoke is a great coach. He's the best coach I've met so far."

With the addition of Green, Michigan now has the No. 1 running back, No. 1 offensive lineman, No. 1 fullback and No. 1 safety in the 2013 recruiting class according to scout.com.