"You can only live your dream by working hard towards it. That's living your dream." ~Marlon Wayans
Scheme fit: Darrion Green is a cornerback with all the tools to be an elite press corner, and the potential to be a great run defender as well thanks to his hustle and speed around blocks. He's a good enough athlete to put on the offensive side - in the slot or running the ball - but that probably wouldn't be the case at Michigan.
Strengths: Elite foot speed... Terrific balance and acceleration... Competes hard when the ball is in the air... Good with shadowing other athletes... Excellent change of direction... Is an aggressive defender that causes negative plays and turnovers thanks to his quickness and decision-making.
Weaknesses: Lacks above-average length or thickness... A willing tackler but not a particularly strong player.
Speed factor: 8.5 (?)
Darrion 'Speedy' Green. Green not only has speed, but he supplements that with quickness and fluid movement to be able to shadow even the better athletes at the next level. He gets up to full speed quickly, he goes at 100% consistently, and he has a nose for the ball that can become contagious.
Green is also a feel-good story, regardless of where he ultimately winds up, because he is partially deaf. I'll let Bleacher Report's excellent article take it away:
Green said he received the news Wednesday morning from Michigan coaches Chris Partridge (linebackers/special teams), Antonio Richards (offensive analyst) and Greg Mattison (defensive line). He called the coaches and, with the assistance of his brother relaying messages, learned about the offer.
"It's really big, and I've been working so hard for it, so it's a blessing," Green said via social media chat. "I'm thankful to Michigan for believing in me and showing confidence. It feels good and is a relief.
"I started shaking, and my hands were sweating. My dreams came true; I got the first offer."
And when he says his first offer, it's not an exaggeration. Michigan was the first program to offer him a full-ride; however, it won't be the last. As a native Texan, it may prove tricky to pull Green out of the South, and some of the big programs in that state will have plenty of opportunities to watch him camp. It will be interesting to watch this process unfold; luckily, Michigan getting their foot in the door early could end up being the difference-maker in their chase to pull a very good cornerback recruit out of the Dallas area.