As Bob McClellan of WolverineNation on ESPN Insider details, recent history has been unkind to Big Ten teams when they battle SEC schools for top running back talent. The Michigan Wolverines are hoping to buck that trend, as they're battling the Auburn Tigers and Tennessee Volunteers for the services of Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage). McClellan's WolverineNation colleague Tom VanHaaren says that despite Michigan's logjam at the position (Green would be their seventh running back), the uncertain future of starter Fitzgerald Toussaint makes Ann Arbor Green's most likely destination:
"Michigan just seems to have too many positives in its favor, from coaching stability, depth chart and even an extra recruiter on its side. Michigan offensive line commit David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) is good friends with Green and has stepped up his recruiting efforts for the Wolverines. Not only is Dawson a draw for Green because they are friends, but he also happens to be an outstanding offensive lineman that Green could use to his advantage in college."