Derrick Green, one of the top running backs in the nation, visited Clemson on Saturday along with his family for Junior Day and came away very impressed.
“I had a great time. I really enjoyed myself,” said Green.
What did the 4-star running back hear from the Clemson staff?
“I got to speak with coach Elliott. I talked a lot with coach Morris and with coach Swinney. Coach Morris talked to be about the different things they do with the running back and how they would utilize me in the offense if I came to Clemson,” replied Green.
Coach Morris believes Green could bring a new dimension to the Tiger’s offense.
“He told me they need a big back like me. A guy that is 215 and has 4.3/4.4 speed. He told me they need a big back that can block, take it to the house and carry the ball 20 plus times per game,” said Green.
How did the visit help the Tiger’s chances of landing the Virginia standout?
“I loved it even more than my first visit. I had a good time on the first Junior Day when I got to meet coach Elliott, coach Morris and coach Swinney, but I had an even better time the second time,” replied Green.
Saturday night Green got to watch his good friend Dorian O’Daniel commit to the Tigers.
“That night we went out to eat with coach Swinney, coach Morris and coach Venables. I really enjoyed myself. I was there when Dorian committed to the coaches,” said Green.
Did the prize recruit think about joining O’Daniel and committing to the Tigers?
“I’m not going to lie, I did. I had to calm myself down. I had to think about it. I just wanted to go through the process and see some more schools,” replied Green.
When asked about his current leaders, Green responded, “I don’t have a top five, but at the top of my list is Clemson”.
Virginia Tech has also been high on Derrick’s list.
“I am looking at them also. Saturday I am either going to their spring game or to Ohio State. I have a great relationship with coach Beamer and they use the running back a lot,” said Green.
Is Virginia Tech even with the Tigers?
“No, Clemson is ahead,” replied Green.
Several other visits are on tap later this spring.
“I am going to visit Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas later this month or the beginning of next month,” said Green.