Sam Webb: Is it right, he started out at 286-lbs?
Domonique Hargrove: “That’s right. I remember when he first walked into the gym. It was a place called ESP, Elkin Sports Performance. He walked in, he was 260-lbs, and people said that he couldn’t be a running back. They told him to play lineman, and I believe in faith, I believe in whatever you believe, and you do it, you can accomplish it. I told him, be a running back, man, if that’s what you want to do. Now, his work ethic is what got him there. He puts the work in, and now he’s the number one running back, and I’m extremely proud of Derrick Green.”
Sam Webb: What did you see initially that everyone else didn’t see? They saw a 268-lb guy, and they wrote him off. What did you see that made you look through that?
Domonique Hargrove: “I looked in his eyes. You know, the eyes are the windows to the soul, and your soul is where your purpose is, and all your passions are, and he said it, and he believed it, and since he believed it, and we trained, and he was the hardest working kid in there, and that’s all I had to see, and I knew it, you know, I knew what he was going to do.”
Sam Webb: So you clearly know him better than most people here, most of the media. What should people know about Derrick Green that isn’t immediately obvious just by walking in and seeing him?
Domonique Hargrove: “One thing you have to know about him is, man, he definitely is a man of character, and he definitely keeps God first. When he says that – he says that, but one thing I know about him, because I do music, gospel music, and he wanted music, and that’s one thing he said from 9th grade, that’s what he kept saying, ‘I’m going to keep God first, he’s going to be one – Jesus is going to be the one to help me get to the top’, and hey, the proof is in the pudding, look at him here today, all his supporters, I love him, I love his mom and his dad, and I’m proud of him.”
Sam Webb: He is going to have an opportunity as a true freshman. A lot of guys can’t really handle that, but this young man seems to be an exception to that rule.
Domonique Hargrove: “Yeah, that’s right, he’s good at listening, so anybody who’s good at listening can accomplish great things, so he’s good at listening and following instructions, and that’s what he’s going to do when he gets to Michigan, and that’s what’s going to help him excel on the field, because of his listening skills and his ability to do what he’s told, and to give his best. That’s why he’s going to be the best.”