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May 2012

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PREP PROFILES has already wrapped up three defen- sive backs in the 2013 recruiting class, they're still seeking at least one more — and one with good size. Bastrop, Texas, cornerback Antwuan Although Michigan's coaching staff Texas Cornerback Hopes To Visit Michigan Antwuan Davis ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ Davis fits that mold. He stands 6-0, 180 pounds, something that is rare for defensive backs with the mobility that he shows. In addition to flexible hips, Davis also has sprinter speed. His 10.45-second 100-meter dash earlier this spring is one of the country's top 20 wind-aided times by a high school runner in 2012. Most importantly for Michigan, Davis and his family are very interested visit- ing Ann Arbor. Bastrop High School Batrop, Texas Position: Cornerback Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 180 Ranking:'s No. 14 cornerback and No. 171 overall player nationally to really see the ones that we're look- ing at." Although Texas was a childhood fa- vorite for the nation's No. 14 corner- back and No. 171 overall prospect, he said a March offer from the Longhorns does not mean he's bound to commit there. The family wants to make sure Anthony Davis, Antwuan's father "He wants to go somewhere where he'll win. We look at how he fits into that defensive scheme." there, probably during the summer time," said his father, Anthony Davis. "He has to look at everything. We're going to make sure it's the best thing that's for him right now. We just want to explore all of our options. He wants "We're planning on making a trip up very good teams from the great ones, it is speed throughout the lineup. From the trenches through the skill positions, the faster team — as long as it is able to play with a physical mentality — often has the upper hand. If there is one thing that separates Green "Michigan showed me a lot more than I expected, and I liked it a lot." ning back Derrick Green brings both speed and toughness to his game. Al- though he's built with a compact 6-0, 215-pound frame, that doesn't prevent him from moving with the speed of a much slimmer player. Green has been timed at an impressive 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash. Schools are excited about the combination. "They're just telling me that they like my style of running," Green said. "They're amazed that I am so big and I'm so fast. I Richmond (Va.) Hermitage run- they give every school the chance to prove it can be a good fit for Davis. "We have to know that they'll take care of our child," explained his father. "We don't want to send him anywhere that he'll be getting into trouble or anything like that. We definitely look weigh 215 and I run a 4.3 [40-yard dash]. They're just ecstatic about it. They defi- nitely like how I hit the hole fast, and I can stop on a dime and make a cut, and I've got good vision. age, and coaching staffs around the country have taken notice of his 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. Ohio State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin are just a few of the 20- plus schools that have already offered Green a scholarship. In order to start narrowing that list, That sounds like the complete pack- " Green has taken it upon himself to un- officially visit some of those schools this spring. Ann Arbor was one town he stopped through on a tour of the Midwest, and he came away impressed with what Michigan has to offer. "Michigan showed me a lot more than I expected, and I liked it a lot," he said. "The football facilities were beautiful. The field was amazing — I definitely liked how they told me that was the biggest football field in NCAA football. The visit to Michigan put the Wolver- " at the graduation rate also. He wants to go somewhere where he'll win. We look at how he fits into that defensive scheme." With Davis' combination of attitude and ability, it shouldn't be too hard to find a defensive coordinator who sees him as a perfect fit for their scheme. In addition to his size and speed, Davis also has the mindset that elite corners must possess: nobody should be able to catch a pass on him. Unfortunately, he was injured through most of his junior season, and didn't get to show it on the field, but he's looking forward to proving himself as a senior. "I basically tell him that every time a receiver lines up in front of him, they're trying to take your scholarship away, " Mr. Davis said. "He takes it as a personal vendetta to take care of business with that receiver. He's a good kid, but at that point in time, he really hates you. Michigan will have the chance to impress the entire Davis family later this summer. At the end of Antwuan's track season, they will take trips to Ann Arbor as well as the campuses of Alabama, LSU and Notre Dame, among others. — Tim Sullivan Virginia Speedster Is An Option At Running Back Derrick Green ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ Hermitage High School Richmond, Va. Position: Running back Ht.: 6-0 • Wt.: 215 Ranking:'s No. 6 running back and No. 64 overall player nationally ines right in the mix, but Green actually grew up rooting for a Big Ten rival. Still, he said it won't play a major role in his recruitment. "I grew up an Ohio State fan because of Eddie George, who was my favorite running back, I'm just keeping all of my options open. They were my favorite school growing up, but I like other schools and I'm defi- nitely looking into other schools. I'm just looking for the place that will fit me best. could use speedster like him, and Green is considering a return trip this fall. — Tim Sullivan The pro-style offense in Ann Arbor " MAY 2012 THE WOLVERINE 55 " Green explained. 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