RB Derrick Green commits to Michigan

By Tom Fornelli | College Football Writer
Green says his commitment brought Brady Hoke to tears. (US Presswire)

There are just less than two weeks until national signing day, but Michigan got some very good news on Saturday when one of the top recruits in the country committed to the Wolverines. Running back Derrick Green, from Richmond, Va., held a ceremony announcing that he has chosen to don the maize and blue.

News that was music to the ears of Michigan coach Brady Hoke, who apparently became emotional when finding out the news.

“He was real excited,” Green told 247sports.com. “I kept him on his toes. But when I told him today, he was just astounded and actually started crying. It was crazy. It was an unbelievable experience.”

And why wouldn't Hoke cry? He's getting one of the best running back prospects in the nation. And considering the injury Fitzgerald Toussaint suffered in Michigan's win over Iowa, having Green on campus will be a boost. There's no telling when Toussaint will return in 2013 or if he'll return in 2013. Combine that with the loss of Denard Robinson to graduation, and the Wolverines could find themselves without the majority of their run game from last season.

In Michigan's last three games against Iowa, Ohio State and South Carolina, Thomas Rawls and Vincent Smith combined to carry the ball 27 times for 51 yards, and Smith is a senior who won't return, either.

In other words, Green could start seeing plenty of action right away with the Wolverines.

He chose Michigan over Auburn and Tennessee.

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