Five Star DT in Boulder This Weekend

Here we go again Colorado fans. Another shot at a highly-rated defensive tackle that has the CU faithful drooling. In recent years, Colorado has followed the model of taking oversized defensive ends and making them into D-tackles because they usually come up short on players like Derrick Hill. Hill, the no.4 ranked tackle in the nation has the Buffs in his final five and is real excited about his upcoming visit to Boulder. The trip will be his first official visit.

Height: 6-3 1/2
Weight: 280
40 time: 5.2
Bench: 375
Squat: 550
Clean: 245
Vertical: 25 1/2"
From: Oakland, California
High School: McClymonds

Derrick Hill is a very polished player for someone his age, and unlike a lot of defensive tackles, he is a better pass-rusher than run-stopper. Although he is a force on run-defense at times. He has scheduled all five of his official visits. The first one is to CU, this weekend. He visits Arizona on the 22nd of October. Hill will then take a month off before visiting Oregon on the 19th of November. In December, he has USC on the 2nd and Cal on the 10th.

CU was in contention with four other schools for his final visit. "I was kind of looking at who was producing at the time. Washington was one of the schools, but they are not doing so well so we (his coach, mother and girlfriend) crossed them off. We were also looking at visiting Mississippi for the Alabama game, but decided not to. Tennessee was a strong contender but they hadn't offered me yet. I didn't want to visit a place that hadn't offered me. We also took a hard look at Arizona State, but that would of made five Pac Ten schools I was visiting, and I wanted to see someone outside the Pac Ten so we decided on Colorado. They have been recruiting me hard for a while.

"Colorado already has one McClymonds' boy up there in Tyrone Henderson and they are a team that is competing. They are kind of a Big 12 powerhouse and are usually winning. I don't think I could go wrong by picking them."

He also feels he could compete at CU. "I know they are losing both their starting d-tackles so that would give me an early shot, which I like. It would be nice to go out there and compete. A lot of the schools I am looking at have that opportunity there."

Hill had a chance to watch some of the CU-Miami game. "Colorado did a pretty good job of stopping Miami and shutting them down."

Coach Bray is after him for the Buffs.

The big d-tackle says that of all his visits, his mother will only be accompanying him on the one to Cal. "I am looking forward to going on some visits by myself because that hasn't really happened on any of the unofficials I have taken. I am going for Derrick now and me only. I am real excited about my upcoming first trip. I get to be treated like royalty for a weekend and take a vacation well-needed," he laughs.

Hill does not claim a leader amongst his favorites. "I have no real leader. I am just going to take my visits and see what happens."

McClymonds is 3-1 on the year. Hill has 25 tackles and four sacks.


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