July 18, 2012; Hoover, AL, USA; Auburn Tigers head coach Gene Chizik during a press conference at the 2012 SEC media days event at the Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-US PRESSWIRE

Football Recruiting: Derrick Green top six

Four-star running back Derrick Green is one of the top uncommitted recruits in the 2013 class, and he is easily one of the best ten running backs in the class. The Auburn target released his top six of Auburn, Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech.

Derrick Green is probably the best power-back in this recruiting class, and he does an excellent job of breaking tackles. The top four-star RB from Richmond, Virginia also has good speed with a 4.4 forty time (4.08 shuttle), but Green isn’t elusive at all and doesn’t exactly have blazing open-field speed. Green is more of a consistent, workhorse back who gets a few big runs here and there than rather a breakaway guy.

The Hermitage standout rushed for nearly 1,500 yards last season with 20 touchdowns after recording 800 rushing yards and ten TDs in 2010. One of the top three recruits in the state of Virginia, Green displays good balance in addition to his solid speed. His vision is about par for the course, although the same cannot be said for Green’s pass-catching. Even so, that is a minor weakness and having good hands out of the backfield is more important for elusive backs than power backs.

At this point, Auburn looks like the favorite to land Derrick Green, even though things are pretty open between those five teams. The Oregon Ducks have already landed two top running backs in Thomas Tyner and Dontre Wilson, with Tyner being a better back than Green. OU always gets the top RBs and grooms them accordingly, but it is always a crowded situation in Eugene.

The 6’0″, 220 pound RB (32-inch vertical) is a big Michigan target, and he could bolster an already extremely strong UM 2013 class by being their big offensive catch. Derrick Green is the type of back that teams build an entire offense around, especially in the tough Big Ten where workhorse backs (the SEC also comes to mind) are also put at a premium.

Final Thoughts: Auburn has the best chance, Michigan has the second best chance, and it’s wide open after those two. Michigan has the second best 2013 recruiting class thus far, while Auburn is somewhere around ninth.

Tags: 2013 Football Class Auburn Derrick Green Dontre Wilson Michigan Ole Miss Oregon SEC Tennessee Thomas Tyner Virginia Tech

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