Derrick Green was the No. 1 running back recruit in the Class of 2013. Three years later, he's transferring away from Michigan.
After reports of that happening earlier this winter, Green confirmed the decision to The Michigan Insider on Wednesday, providing the website with a lengthy statement:
“First and foremost I'd like to thank my coaches, teammates, professors and most of all the fans. Your support throughout the years has been greatly appreciated. You will be missed but not forgotten. I've decided to end my football career at the University of Michigan. I'm currently pursuing my bachelor's degree and will transfer upon graduating this spring.
“I've been blessed to play at Michigan for the last few years. Some of the best times of my life have been on that football field. I have worked hard to achieve excellence on and off the field and will be proudly graduating this May. My experience at Michigan has been one I will never forget. I am grateful to leave with a Michigan degree and lots of amazing memories. I will always be a Michigan Man at heart. I am excited to see what the future holds as I close this chapter of my life and begin a new one. I will be pursuing my Master’s degree and continuing my football career next season. I hope my fans continue to support me as I embark upon this new journey. Last but not least, I would like to thank God because even as one door closes he is already preparing new ones to open.”
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Green was a five-star recruit back in 2013, the top-ranked running back in that class and a top-10 overall recruit out of Richmond, Va.
In three seasons in Ann Arbor, Green carried the ball 212 times for 898 yards and seven touchdowns. As a freshman in 2013, he appeared in 11 games and racked up 270 yards and two touchdowns. As a sophomore in 2014, he had 82 carries in just six games, gaining 471 yards and scoring three touchdowns. As a junior this past season in Jim Harbaugh's first year, he wasn't utilized nearly as much, appearing in eight games but getting just 47 carries, 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Wolverines have a crowded backfield, even without Green, with De'Veon Smith, Drake Johnson and Ty Isaac fighting for carries.