October 30, 2011
Green admits this is the best he has seen
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Saturday's Ohio State game was not only a great backdrop for recruits within the state of Ohio but several top out of state players made the trip to Columbus as well including Richmond (Va.) running back Derrick Green who made the trip in with his parents to see the Buckeyes defeat the Wisconsin Badgers.
Green already holds an offer from Ohio State and is up to ten offers as a class of 2013 star. The 6-foot, 215-pound running back has not been a stranger to the Ohio State campus, having camped with the Buckeyes the last two years and this trip to Columbus was a memorable one for Green and his family alike.
"It was a great game and the best college game I have been to so far," Green said on Sunday night. "I enjoyed myself. The crowd was great and they really got the team really hyped up."
The Hermitage high school star found himself sitting next to the son of former Heisman Trophy winner Eddie George in the stands during the game and had a chance to meet with a lot of other top players in the classes of 2012 and 2013. The Green family paid specific attention to former high school teammate Curtis Grant who was involved in a pivotal play during Ohio State's blocked punt of the Badgers.
"Me and my parents were happy (for Curtis) and we thought he scored on it," Green said. "He did the same thing in a playoff game here at Hermitage high school and scored on that play."
The Buckeyes are not the only big name program involved with Green with schools like Wisconsin, Arkansas, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Penn State and South Carolina among the double digit list of offers. After seeing Saturday night's game however, where do the Buckeyes rank at this time?
"They always are going to be at the top, it was a great game and I will always love Ohio State," Green said before measuring his words. "I also have to keep all my options open and I have another year so I don't want to rush into anything."
Green recognized a lot of the players that joined him in the recruiting room from his camp experiences with the Buckeyes and joked that if he ended up at Ohio State that he would have a leg up in getting to know some of his potential future teammates.
"It was real good and if I do decide to go to Ohio State I could see some of the people that I would be there with," Green said.
Before leaving Columbus the high profile running back had a chance to meet with coach Dick Tressel and talk about things. Could a potential change in coaching staffs down the line derail Ohio State's position with Green however?
"It would matter some because one of the main reasons I love Ohio State is because of coach Doc and I also really like Luke Fickell," Green said. He agreed though that he would have to take a wait-and-see approach however.
Green's team still has two more regular season games this season before starting a run in the playoffs and another run for a state title.
"The fun really comes in the playoffs," Green joked.
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