Darrion Green is the most groundbreaking football recruit thus far in the 2017 cycle. It has nothing to do with where he’s from or where he’s decided to go. No, Green is a pioneer because of what he does without: His hearing.
As reported by the Dallas Morning-News, among other sources, Green committed to New Mexico on Monday, choosing the Lobos ahead of scholarship offers from the likes of Michigan and SMU, among others. He had also received attention from Alabama, Texas and a handful of other blue chip programs. A 5-foot-11, 175-pound three-star running back and cornerback prospect from Woodrow Wilson High, Green is a remarkable athlete who is made more impressive by what he has accomplished despite a very limited range of hearing.
He is not fully deaf, but he does lack full hearing and is committed to helping increase the attention paid to deaf athletes and the deaf community in general via his own collegiate accomplishments; among the key lines in the Tweet announcing his commitment was the following:
“(Green hopes to) open the door for the deaf community and make them proud.”
The versatile playmaker could play in a number of roles for the Lobos, and he has thus far been noncommittal about how New Mexico’s coaching staff envisions using him next year.
For now, just earning the scholarship offer in itself is a massive accomplishment, both for Green and the deaf community writ large. Few athletes could ever be more true to Green’s preferred #ProudDeaf hashtag. After all, there’s an awful lot to be proud of.