DALLAS — Ge’mon and German Green first remember seeing Jim Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers. It was coach love at first sight for the twins from Texas.
“It’s the way he is with his players on the field,” Ge’mon said. “My dad used to show me his highlights, and then seeing him on the sideline …”
German can basically finish his older (by 6 minutes) brother’s thought.
“I love Coach Harbaugh,” German said. “As my brother said, we’ve been watching him since we were little when he coached for the 49ers. He made history. And, he played for Michigan.”
The Greens will get a chance to play for Harbaugh next year. The defensive backs are two of the 13 players currently committed to Michigan for the Class of 2018. They’re both 6-foot-2, although German will tell you he’s the ‘bigger’ brother because he’s a little taller and a little heavier at 180 pounds.
They got their senior season at reigning Texas Class 6A Division II state champion DeSoto High School off to a winning start Friday with a 41-36 victory at Dallas Jesuit. On Saturday, they got to watch their future team win its season opener, 33-17, against Florida at AT&T Stadium in nearby Arlington, Texas.
Google Maps says DeSoto is 1,189.3 miles from Ann Arbor, but the Greens feel confident they’ll fit right in at Michigan. They are rated as 3-star prospects by the 247Sports composite rankings, but don’t get hung up on star rankings.
DeSoto plays a press-man coverage defensive system. Guess what defense Michigan coordinator Don Brown loves?
“That fits Michigan perfect,” said George Green, the twins’ father. “They said once they got the offer, that was it. They loved the visit, and they fell in love with everything about Michigan. They loved the town, the slower pace, and how nice everyone was.”
German missed all but one game of last year’s state championship run because of an ACL tear. It was the first time the twins hadn’t played a season together. It was a learning experience.
“It was basically learning and coaching,” German said. “I was coaching my brother on the sideline, and I was learning from him also.
“It got me hungry.”
German had a fumble recovery in the win against Dallas Jesuit.
“Last year was my first time not playing with him,” Ge’mon said. “I’m glad he’s back, and I can’t wait to play with him again. It’s fun with him out on the field.
“We’ve got that twin mind-set. We think alike on the field.”
Wonder Twin powers? Perhaps.
“It’s their togetherness,” said Miss Nickerson-Green, the twins’ mother. “Everything they do, they’ve always done together. Their mannerisms are the same. They’re mirror twins, pretty much alike.”
So, how can you tell them apart?
“One wears No. 9, the other wears No. 10,” DeSoto coach Todd Peterman said. “Actually, I can tell them apart because my best friends growing up were twins. You learn how to look for one particular thing. For me, it’s the way the side of their hair is.
“But when they’re wearing a helmet, it’s one is No. 9 and the other is No. 10.”