Recruiting is moving quickly for four-star running back Derrick Green (Richmond, Va./Hermitage) -- almost as quickly as the ESPN 150 prospect picks up yardage.
The nation's No. 53 prospect said during ESPN's RecruitingNation podcast that he plans to announce his final decision in October. He's still considering Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon and Tennessee. Green said he'll again cut down his list before he announces his commitment.
Auburn, Michigan and Tennessee seem to be in the best position. The prospect has said he'll take official visits to all three schools and has planned an Oct. 20 visit to Ann Arbor for the Michigan State game. He has yet to set dates for Auburn and Tennessee. His last two official visits will be to two of his last three other finalists: Georgia, Ole Miss or Oregon. Green will travel this weekend to Atlanta to see Auburn play Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.
“I definitely want to take a close look at Auburn and how they plan to use their run game and different styles of offense they're going to do ... I'm going to have fun but I'm also going to be observing at the same time,” Green said.
Particularly, Green said he wants to see how Auburn uses its tailbacks in the running game and in the passing game out of the backfield. He has long said a power-running game will be key in his college decision.
Saturday night's game will be the first for Auburn with new offensive coordinator Scott Loeffler, who was hired in January to replace Gus Malzahn, now the head coach at Arkansas State. Loeffler was previously the offensive coordinator at Temple. He has also coached at Florida and Michigan.
Green has said, and reaffirmed this week, that Auburn's facilities and coaching staff have him very interested in the Tigers.
“I have a good relationship with everybody there,” he said. “I went twice for visits. I got a good feeling both times. It just feels good when I go out there. I had a really good time on both visits.”
Green was a standout last week as he ran for 135 yards as Hermitage hammered Fork Union (Va.) Military 38-0 in a nationally televised game. That has Green wanting more. His first goal is a state championship. His next goals are on the ground.
“I want over 2,000 yards and around 30 touchdowns,” he said.
He's well on his way.