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March 2018

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44 THE WOLVERINE MARCH 2018 BY ANDREW VAILLIENCOURT The state of Texas is well known for its strong high school football. Many even suggest it has the best in the country. Michigan is bringing in two Texas state champions in its recruiting class — twin brothers Gemon and German Green. DeSoto (Texas) High four-star cor- nerback Gemon Green, who is the older brother by six minutes, is one of seven four stars in this year's recruiting class. He was a first- year starter at cornerback during his high school's perfect 16-0 state cham- pionship season in 2016. That experience set him up to suc- ceed at Michigan, DeSoto safeties coach and recruiting coordinator Ja- son Garrett explained, because he knows how to play with a target on his back and how to handle the high expectations that will be placed on him in Ann Arbor. "He's a very, very competitive guy," Garrett said. "That's what you need playing the corner position on an island. He loves playing on an island. "He's very long, very rangy. His length gets him into a lot of plays." Gemon is 6-2 and 175 — a few pounds lighter than his brother, who will likely play safety. His aggressive play and strength in press coverage will fit in well with U-M defensive coordinator Don Brown's scheme, which has its cornerbacks playing Gemon Green Brings Winning Pedigree to U-M Gemon is the older of the Green twins, is expected to play cornerback at Michigan and ended high school as the higher-ranked recruit. PHOTO COURTESY RIVALS.COM STATISTICS Year Tkl. TFL FR INT PBU TD 2017 24 1 1 3 9 1 2016 36 1 1 2 25 0 HONORS • Made the Texas Sports Writers As- sociation's Class 6A (largest) All-State third team; he also was an Associated Press honorable mention for the clas- sification. • District 7-6A (largest) first-team All- District in 2016 and 2017 by The Dal- las Morning News. • Suited up for the victorious Ameri- can team in January at the Interna- tional Bowl at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. He finished the contest with two tack- les and one pass broken up. • Named the defensive back MVP at the 2017 Nike Opening Regional in Dallas and was invited to The Open- ing Finals in Beaverton, Ore. At the regional, he posted a 35.2-inch verti- cal jump and ran a 4.59 40-yard dash and 4.38 shuttle for a Nike+ football rating of 92.79. RECRUITMENT • Committed to Michigan on April 20, 2017. • He wanted to play with his twin brother, German, in college, and they both selected Michigan over Colo- rado and Oklahoma State. He also had offers from Texas, Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Oregon, Oklahoma and TCU. • His recruitment was led by former safeties coach Brian Smith and cor- nerbacks coach Mike Zordich, with some help from defensive coordina- tor Don Brown. GEMON GREEN CORNERBACK 6-2 • 175 DESOTO HIGH SCHOOL DESOTO, TEXAS RANKINGS STARS NAT. POS. STATE ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ — 39 48 ✪ ✪ ✪ — 38 69 ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ — 46 63 2018 FOOTBALL RECRUITING ISSUE 2018 Projection Gemon is a bit more fluid and natural in space compared to his brother, making him a better fit for cornerback. He looks very solid on film in coverage, using his size and length to play physically at the line of scrimmage. He also shows the ability to play the ball well in the air on several occasions and appears to be a fan of contact as well. The Green twins will not necessar- ily be needed in 2018, but you never know how they might develop and who could push for time as a depth provider. Both could play special teams and secure time early. 44 THE WOLVERINE MARCH 2018

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