National Signing Day is getting all of the attention, and rightfully so, but adding high school recruits isn’t the only way to build a roster. Graduate transfers are all the rage these days, and Syracuse has certainly taken a swing at a few here and there, most notably with Oklahoma quarterback Drew Allen. The Orange could be targeting another graduate transfer, at a different position: former Michigan running back Derrick Green.
The 5-foot-11, 234 pound Green was recently granted his unconditional release by the Wolverines and is expected to graduate this spring. That frees him up to become a transfer candidate with immediate eligibility as he pursues a Master’s degree. Why am I talking about Green, and what connection could he have to the Orange? Well, Twitter of course. Green and new Syracuse running backs coach (and Michigan legend) Mike Hart recently began following one another.
This could mean nothing, of course. Maybe two Michigan running backs just saying hello. Or maybe it’s the start of a recruitment to try to get the former 5-star recruit to join the Dino Babers offense in the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome.
Green was one of the top running back recruits in the nation coming out of high school in Richmond, Virginia, holding offers from virtually every Power 5 program in the nation. But after a disappointing three year career with Michigan, he’s looking for a new opportunity. In his three seasons, he played in 28 games, rushing for 898 yards on 212 carries (4.2 YPC) with seven touchdowns.
Syracuse returns senior running backs George Morris, Devante McFarlane, and sophomore Jordan Fredericks and will add true freshman Jo-El Shaw. The Orange also have Dontae Strickland, Tyrone Perkins, Erv Philips, and Moe Neal, all of whom could either play in the slot or in the backfield.
Now, let’s see if anything comes from this, or if it’s just a fleeting interaction between the former Michigan great in Hart, and a 5-star talent who ultimately decides to look elsewhere.