Richmond (Va.) Hermitage running back Derrick Green is in an interesting position. The nation's No. 1 running back has taken three official visits this season, and two of the head coaches at those schools have been fired. So what's the latest with Green?
"I'm just taking everything slow," said the 6-foot, 220-pounder who has visited Tennessee, Michigan and Auburn. "It has all been kind of expected since you hear the rumors for a long time about Coach Dooley and Coach Chizik, so it's not that surprising. But it puts me in wait-and-see mode."
Green, who has a top six that also includes Oregon, Ole Miss and Miami, hasn't set any other visits up yet.
"I will do that soon," he said. "I'm still interested in all three of them as well as the three schools I visited. Ole Miss is coming to see me next week, and Michigan, Auburn and Tennessee are also supposed to visit soon. I want to sit down with the coaches and learn more, especially about the situation at Tennessee and Auburn."
Green said he is picking a school for more than a coach.
"I'm picking for the comfort level and the school itself," he said. "Coaches move around a lot, so I have to be comfortable at the school I pick first and foremost."
However, the top back in the country does feel he needs a good relationship with his position coach to feel comfortable.
"That's big because you spend most of your time with that coach," he said. "If Tennessee doesn't retain Coach Graham or Auburn doesn't keep Coach Luper, that would hurt their chances. I'm not sure I'd eliminate them, but it would certainly hurt because I have such an important relationship with them."
One would think that might put Michigan out in front of the pack with coaching stability in Ann Arbor. However, Green maintains he is wide open.
"The plan has always been to take our time and take my visits," he said. "I don't have any leaders or a time frame. I'll see how things play out and make my decision when it feels right, but right now I still have more trips to take."
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