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June/July 2017

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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62 THE WOLVERINE JUNE/JULY 2017   COMMITMENT PROFILE Michigan hosted DeSoto (Texas) High three-star twins German and Gemon Green in mid-April, and the two decided that Ann Arbor was the place for them upon returning home. Gemon, a 6-2, 173-pound cornerback, and German, a 6-2, 180-pound safety, got the full tour of campus. "We went everywhere basically," German said. "We loved the athletic facility and obviously the stadium stuck out. We were pretty much around all of the coaches. "They talked about how every- thing is in Michigan and how things work with football and school. Ev- erything worked out very well." As you'd expect with twin, Gemon echoed German's sentiments. "It just felt like family at Michi- gan," he added. "Obviously, Coach [Jim] Harbaugh and the rest of the staff are great coaches. The facilities were great. "The people that gave us our tour were great, too. They showed us ev- erything and talked about what's be- ing built in the future. Everything was great up there." DeSoto assistant coach Jason Garrett has been around for every step of the Greens' recruitment and knew as soon as the Michigan offer came through it would be a tough one for other schools to beat. Despite being all the way down in Texas, the draw to Ann Arbor was very, very strong. "When Michigan offered them early on in the offseason I knew it was a big deal," Garrett said. "It was going to be one of those schools that they had to look into a little bit more than normal. It's Michigan. It's a nationally known program. Them reaching all the way from Michigan to Texas to look into some secondary guys is a pretty big deal. "Coach Harbaugh and his staff, Coach [Mike] Zordich, they have a presence down here in Texas with the satellite camps. They also have a presence in the building at DeSoto, so I knew that the twins were going to be interested. "They offered Gemon first and then once they offered German it started to feel a little like a no-brainer. When a school like Michigan or another of those historically great programs of- fers, kids get intrigued by that." Harbaugh leaves his mark on everyone, and the U-M secondary coaches and defensive coordinator were integral in the process. Both German and Gemon have a lot of ver- satility in their games, and the U-M coaching staff seemed to love that. "We spent time with Coach [Brian] Smith, Coach Zordich and Coach [Don] Brown," Gemon said. "It was great talking with them. "They were talking about what they liked about us and what they like to see in players, They think we have what it takes to make an impact in the program. "They actually told us that they like us at both corner and safety. They plan to look at us at both posi- tions. They said that they liked our hips and our eyes. They want us to play on both sides of the field and potentially both spots, so that's good for us." FILM EVALUATION Strengths: Gemon and German Green both have length, range and athleti- cism. Gemon is a bit more fluid, but German might actually be more naturally athletic. Both seem to have solid ball skills and also appear to enjoy contact. It'll be big for German to get back on the field as a senior and prove that he's right there with his slightly older twin brother. Areas Of Improvement: In the past, both have gotten themselves into trouble by being a bit too aggressive. They tend to overcommit to double moves and misdirection routes, but can make up for the mistakes with their track speed and overall athleticism. At the next level, that won't cut it. They'll need to improve their eye discipline and the ability to remain patient in coverage, whether they're playing cornerback or safety. Michigan Player Comparison: The Green twins seem to have a little bit of Josh Furman in them. The length, range and straight-line speed are all quite comparable. The Green twins are more defensive back whereas Furman was more linebacker, evidenced by his success at the position once he transferred to Oklahoma State. — Analysis from TheWolverine.com Gemon — a 6-2, 173-pound cornerback — recorded 57 tackles, 25 pass deflections and two interceptions while helping DeSoto (Texas) High win the Class 6A Division II state champion- ship in 2016. PHOTO BY NICK LUCERO/COURTESY RIVALS.COM Texas Twins Gemon and German Green Pick The Wolverines

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