With the band playing, cheerleaders chanting and the entire school in attendance, Derrick Green officially accepted his invitation to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The significance of the occasion was not lost on the running back from Richmond (Va.) Hermitage.
"I want to thank my parents, friends, teammates and coaches because none of this would have been possible without them," said the 6-foot, 220-pound Green. "It's a blessing and an honor to be picked as one of the best players in the nation and to play in this game. It feels good, it definitely means a lot and I'm really excited to play in the game."
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The No. 1 running back in the nation did not accomplish all he has by shying away from adversity, choosing instead to take it head on.
"The competition level is going to be very high, it's the top guys," Green said. "I definitely keep in contact with a lot of those guys from official and unofficial visits so we all have a good relationship. When we step on the field it's going to be a different story but it's all love."
Green is one of the highest-ranked uncommitted players in the country. The schools he is considering are Michigan, Auburn, Tennessee, Miami and Oregon. Fans of each school are sitting on the edge of their seats waiting for Green to make his decision.
"The recruiting process is going well," he said. "Right now, I'm slowing the process down because I'm just starting playoffs but the everything is going well. I just took an official visit to Auburn and Miami is back on the list after I took Virginia Tech off."
Green and his family are taking a much more detailed and analytical approach to the recruiting process than many other recruits.
"I still don't know where I want to be but I'm taking some visits and I will sit down with my parents and weigh the pros and cons," he said. "I'm just taking my time with it. Most guys rush the process and commit on the spot and that's not what I'm doing. I'm weighing my options and making sure I make the best decision for my as far as education, playtime and all of that.
"Like I said, I'm taking the process really slow and doing what I have to do to make sure I go to the best school for me," he said. "That's where I'm at with all of the recruiting stuff."
The wait will surely be worth it for this U.S. Army All-American.
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