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January 26, 2013The world of Michigan football recruiting is a wide-reaching one, stretching from coast to coast. Today, however, all eyes are focused to the East, where Richmond( Va.) Hermitage five-star Derrick Green will announce his decision.
Instead of the standard end-of-week recruiting column, let's make sure we round up all the links of interest relating to Green's decision. You can watch the decision live at 4 p.m. on the Richmond Times-Dispatch website.
Podcast: Tim Sullivan and Mike Farrell discuss Green's decision.
Video: Green sits down with Rivals.com Mid-Atlantic Analyst Adam Friedman.
Video: Green discusses his favorites after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
Video: Derrick Green junior highlights.
Video: Derrick Green senior highlights.
Green speaks with Mike Farrell a week before his decision.
Around the Mid-Atlantic focuses on Green's college choice.
Green is ready to make one college coaching staff very happy this afternoon.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch previews Green's choice.
If you want to see a twitter search for "Derrick Green" go crazy all day... here's your chance.
What it would mean
For Michigan, Green's commitment would be a five-star cherry on top of what is already a strong class for Michigan. While he's not a make-or-break recruit for Brady Hoke's staff, he would immediately be a huge boost to the group. That's in terms of both ranking - he would add 134 points to Michigan's team total, moving the Wolverines past LSU and just a handful of points behind Ohio State - and in terms of ability to make an impact on the field.
While running back commit Deveon Smith is also a nice piece, he doesn't have Green's potential to be a playmaker early in his career. Green could step in and earn serious playing time as a true freshman, pending the health of fifth-year senior Fitz Toussaint. Even if Toussaint is fully healthy, Green would give him a run for the starting job.
Michigan is a solid bet for Green's destination at this point. The Wolverines have by far the longest-standing relationship if his finalists, given that both Auburn and Tennessee have overhauled their staffs (multiple times, in Auburn's case) since the end of the 2012 season.
Michigan provides the pro-style offense that he'd like to play in, the offensive line strength of two top-three recruiting classes at that position group, and a chance to play early. The only thing Michigan doesn't provide is an opportunity to play in the SEC. However, with a back like Green in the fold, it may only be a matter of time before Michigan exacts revenge on the SEC in yet another January bowl game.