5-Star Back Loves Atmosphere On Visit

Derrick Green

The nation's number two running back talks about his official visit to Auburn.

Hermitage, Va.—While Auburn's weekend on the field turned out less to be less than desired, on the recruiting trail it proved to be a good time for five-star running back Derrick Green. Rated the number two back in the country by Scout.com, Green said his official visit to the Plains showed him a different side of Auburn that he had not seen before.

"It's always good to get back and visit and spend time with the coaching staff," Green said. "I think the biggest difference was it was my first gameday at Auburn.

"They didn't come out with a W but it was still a great game," he added. "The gameday atmosphere was amazing. The crowd was showing me a lot of love. That was my main thing on my visit that I was looking for."

Saying he was surprised at how well Auburn supported the team and showed up despite the down year, Green said for him the fact that the Tigers are struggling and rumors surrounding the coaches doesn't play into his decision at all.

"They're not going anywhere," Green said. "They said, ‘We plan to be here.' That's what they told me. They plan to be here and they're not going anywhere.

"Hopefully they can get some more big wins," he added. "The season is almost over so they're just looking toward next year and getting some big wins."

Having an opportunity to get to know commitments such as Reuben Foster, Jason Smith, Jeremy Johnson and Earnest Robinson on earlier visits, Green said seeing them again on Saturday and talking with them was big for him. With one of the top classes in the country holding firm with the Tigers, he added that's a big deal for him.

"It was a lot of fun," Green said. "It was good to speak with those guys. I always stay in contact with them. It was a lot of fun to be around those guys. They're always pressuring me to commit and stuff like that but it was a lot of fun to hang around with those guys."

Still with six schools on his list with Michigan, Ole Miss, Oregon, Tennessee, and now Miami in the mix including Auburn, Green said that he's still waiting until later to make his decision. Originally he had planned to visit Oregon and Ole Miss in the coming weeks, but he said right now he is focusing on the playoffs with his Hermitage High teammates.

"We're 10-0 right now," Green said. "We start playoffs next week. We open with L.C. Brady and they are also 10-0. It's definitely going to be a real big game. I'm looking forward to it.

"I think I'm going to take my visit to Oregon after the season," he added. "For me to go to Oregon I would have to miss a playoff game, and I'm not missing a playoff game."

Heading into Friday's game Green has rushed for over 1,300 yards and scored 24 touchdowns this season while playing just the first half in most of his team's games.

Playing in the U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio, Green said it's possible he may announce his decision at that time, but he isn't sure that will happen.

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