Derrick Green, a five-star running back out of Richmond, Va., announced today that he will join the Michigan football team this fall. The 6-foot, 215-pound running back ran for 1,285 yards and 20 touchdowns on 184 carries this season at Hermitage High School in Henrico, Va.
Green chose Wolverines over Tennessee and Auburn, and he will sign a National Letter of Intent during the NCAA’s signing period, which begins Feb. 6.
But at the end of the courting (AKA recruiting) process, Green said that he brought Michigan coach Brady Hoke to tears.
“He was real excited,” Green told Wolverine247, a recruiting website. “I kept him on his toes. But when I told him today. He was just astounded and actually started crying. It was crazy, it was an unbelievable experience.”
Given the state of Michigan's running game - the loss of Denard Robinson to graduation and Fitz Toussaint's lack of consistency and season-ending injury - tears might be understandable.
Given this whole Manti Te'o saga, are we double- and triple-checking to find out if, in fact, Hoke did shed tears? Or is this another tome to add to the fabled Michigan mystique?
The Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch streamed Green's announcement this afternoon on its website, timesdispatch.com. A couple highlights:
Green wore a silver, grey and black tuxedo to the annoucement. And Green eschewed the traditional act of picking up one of three hats and instead raised a projection screen to reveal a maize-and-blue jersey with "Green 27" on the back.