Since taking over the Michigan defense, Don Brown has had a thing for taller defensive backs. Players that have size, length and can run with both receivers and tight ends. So, you know Dr. Blitz was ecstatic when he received the news that 2018 DeSoto (TX) CB Gemon Green has committed to Michigan.
— King Green (@GreenGemon) April 20, 2017
Green is one of the most intriguing defensive back prospects in this class. At a legit 6’2”, he has the size and length that every defensive backs coach is looking for, while also having the athleticism and fluid change of direction that could make him a tough match up for both receivers and tight ends. With a little more grooming and time in the weight room, he could be a very nice addition to the Wolverines secondary.
If you are looking with a cornerback with plus size and the ability to lockdown the opposition’s No.1 target, the Green is a who is battle tested doing just that week in and week out. He also faces the best competition in practice each and every day as DeSoto sent multiple receiver to the P5 level. He is good playing close to the line of scrimmage with his long arms and physical style of play or he can drop back and be an effective zone-style defensive back. He reacts quickly and can make plays on the ball. He is more of a coverage guy, but does have the size to be an effective tackler. – Greg Powers, Scout.com
Mentioned for months, by Wolverine247’s Steve Lorenz, as a top target for the staff, Green as a player that looked like he was going to be a very tough pull away from the Longhorn State. That was especially true when TCU offered. The long cornerback prospect was seen as a lean to the Horned Frogs for awhile.
But that was until Michigan really started pushing, offered his brother, German, and got the duo up to Ann Arbor for a post-spring game visit.
Thanks to the staff’s prioritizing of tall, long defensive backs and their admiration for the three star shown during his first trip to campus, both Gemon and his brother, DB German Green, decided to commit to Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class right after their first visit to Ann Arbor.
- Height: 6’2”
- Weight: 165lbs
- Hometown (School): DeSoto, TX (DeSoto)
- Notable Offers: Texas, Oklahoma, TCU, Ole Miss, Wisconsin, Baylor
- Rankings: Scout (4*, #185 overall) – Rivals (3*) – 247 (3*, #368 overall) – ESPN (4*, #42 CB)
- Composite Ranking: Three star, #340 overall, #32 CB, #47 in Texas
As for the Rest of the Class
With both Green’s in the fold, Michigan’s 2018 class is now up to seven commitments, three defensive back commits, and two commits out of Texas. As for defensive back recruiting, with the Greens and Sims locked in, the staff still has some work to do. Shayne Simon is the top target, and most likely addition, at safety while the staff will likely continue to kick the tires on Josh Jobe, even though he recently stated that he’s shutting down his recruitment and sticking with Miami.
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