Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green has narrowed his list from 13 down to six. The nation's top back was expected to get down to a final five but a wildcard team has stayed in the mix. Here's his breakdown of the schools remaining.
"In no order they are Tennessee, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Ole Miss and Oregon," said the 6-foot, 225-pounder. "Oregon is my wildcard team. I've never been out there but I want to keep them in the mix."
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Green broke down what he likes about each school.
Tennessee: "They have a great running backs coach, the fans are really loyal and great and I really like the atmosphere there. It's a family feel when you visit Tennessee and it's SEC football."
Michigan: "That's also a family team and I have a great relationship with a lot of the recruits. The academics are very good at Michigan and the fan base is also amazing."
Virginia Tech: "It's obviously closest to home, they have a great staff and they love to run the ball downhill. I'd get to play in front of everyone I know."
Auburn: "They also run the ball a lot, they have a great running backs coach and a great staff, it's SEC football and again it feels like family there."
Ole Miss: "Again it's SEC football, I really felt good with the coaches when I visited and I liked the feel and atmosphere there and they want to run the football."
Oregon: "Like I said, this is my wildcard team. I've never been there but I'd like to check it out. I saw the state of Oregon at The Opening and it was nice, I have a good relationship with coach Campbell and I know they have a great fan base."
So now that Green is down to six, what's next?
"I am focusing on the season, we are in two-a-days now," he said. "I'd like to get this down to three schools sometime soon if I can, but I'm not sure of any timeframe right now. I'll obviously take some official visits as well but I'm not sure where and when yet."
Green is ranked as the No. 12 overall prospect in the class of 2013.
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