DESOTO, Texas — Gemon Green and his twin brother, German, became fans of Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh when he was leading the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers. They fell in love with his intensity and how he quickly turned the team into a Super Bowl contender.
What the defensive backs from Texas didn’t realize was just how good a quarterback their future college coach was. A little film study opened their eyes. So, how would they defend against Harbaugh? What other schools were they thinking about before deciding on Michigan and would they have gone to separate schools?
Gemon and German sat down with Land of 10 recently to talk about their recruiting experience with the Wolverines and other schools.
Q: What advice to would you give to a player just getting started with the recruiting process?
Gemon: “Stay humble and stay patient.”
German: “Choose wisely.”
Gemon: “Don’t visit every school you got offers from, but visit the ones you liked the most and felt comfortable with.”
Q: How many schools did you visit?
Gemon: “We visited almost every school in Texas, and outside of Texas four or five.”
Q: How many official visits?
Both: “We only took one to Michigan … that was for the Michigan State game.”
Q: What school was runner-up?
Q: Who was the Colorado coach it was tough to tell you were going to Michigan?
German: “Coach Darrin Chiaverini. We call him Coach Chev. He’s a great person. Gave us our first offer, kept in contact with us every day. Even when we were committed, he kept in contact with us making sure we were doing good.”
Q: What’s the funniest thing a coach told you on recruiting?
Gemon: “One coach — I’m not going to say his name — but he was saying that we should go up there and he was saying my dad was saying that we should go up there. My dad had already told him that we wasn’t going to go up there.”
Q: Did you get offered by Michigan at the same time? How long did it take for you to commit?
German: “I had just got the offer (March 16, 2017), but my brother got the offer before me (Feb. 7, 2017), so I had just got the offer before we committed (April 20, 2017).”
Q: Would it have been a deal breaker if only one of you got offered?
Gemon: “We didn’t commit until he got the offer.”
Q: You two have been fans of Jim Harbaugh since he was at San Francisco. Why?
German: “I love Jim Harbaugh. He’s a great man. He’s like a role model to me.”
Gemon: “He’s a great coach.”
German: “He was a great quarterback, too.”
Gemon: “I’ve seen his highlights. He was a great quarterback.”
Q: Did that surprise you?
Both: “Yeah, it did.”
Q: How would you defend Jim Harbaugh the quarterback?
German: “That’s tough. He could run, he could throw. He’s an athlete.”
Q: Do you have a favorite Jim Harbaugh story?
German: “His father coached my cousin, Anthony Green, at Western Kentucky and they are really great friends. He still lives in DeSoto, right down the street.”
Q: Who was your main recruiter?
German: “Brian Smith (now DC at Rice). Now it’s coach (Mike) Zordich. He came here a few times.”
German: “He’s about business.”
Gemon: “He’s cool, too, though.”
Q: He played at Penn State and in the NFL. Does that give you confidence in him as a coach?
Gemon: “He knows what he’s talking about. He’ll help us get to where he’s been. He knows how to get there.”