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January 26, 2013

Blue-chip RB Derrick Green selects Michigan; also considered Auburn and Tennessee

AUBURN, Ala. – 5-star prospect Derrick Green, the consensus top-rated running back recruit in the nation, announced his commitment to Michigan Saturday, picking the Wolverines over Auburn and Tennessee.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch, Green’s hometown newspaper, broadcast his hat ceremony and announcement via UStream.

Positioned in front of Green from his left to right was an orange Tennessee cap, a gray Auburn cap and a blue Michigan cap.

Fielding more than 30 official offers, the 6-foot, 220-pound Green has recorded a 4.4 40-yard-dash. He rushed for 1,350 yards and 21 touchdowns his senior year for a Hermitage (Va.) squad which scored nearly five times more points than its opponents.

Green is the No. 8 overall recruit in the nation according to Rivals.com, but he would have been more a luxury than a necessity for Auburn. The Tigers still have two more years each of 1,000-yard rusher Tre Mason and recent signee Cameron Artis-Payne, the top juco back in the country available this offseason.

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