New DT target talks FSU visit

With the start of the football season comes the start of recruits gaining a name for them on the national scene. Florida State has hosted several recruits over the summer that fans may not have heard about. One of those recruits is Derrick Lott from Kennesaw, GA. NoleDigest caught up with the defensive line prospect to get his thoughts on recruiting and to talk about his visit to FSU last week.

Derrick Lott is a defensive lineman from North Cobb High in Kennesaw, GA. The 3-star recruit is a guy several programs have kept an eye on this summer due to an impressive junior season. Lott totaled 63 tackles with 10 sacks, an impressive sack total from the interior of the defensive line. He helped North Cobb to an undefeated regular season and a first round playoff appearance. Scott Kennedy from has this to say about Derrick as a prospect, "Derrick is strong at the point of attack and fast in backside pursuit, which makes him an ideal defensive tackle candidate. He can use his big wingspan to clog passing lanes, but he is also very good at playing with leverage and using his height as an advantage. Adept at getting off of blocks or controlling them, Lott's first step isn't his fastest, but once he's moving, he covers a lot of ground in a hurry."

Recruiting has gotten off to a slow start for Lott, but he thinks it will pick up now that high school football season is about to start.

"Recruiting is going good," said Lott. "I didn't have the interest I have now as a sophomore but now I am starting to hear from a lot of schools. I have 6 offers from schools like Louisville, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Oklahoma State and Michigan State. Florida State, Florida, LSU, Arkansas, Clemson, Georgia Tech and Arkansas are some of the programs that haven't offered yet but talk to me a lot."

Last week Lott made a visit to Florida State to check out the campus and to meet the coaching staff. Lott told NoleDigest that coming in FSU was a favorite of his and that the visit paid off for the Seminoles.

"Florida State and Florida are two schools I have always liked," explained Lott. "I've always wanted to go to school in Florida so those two schools are ones I'd like to go to. The visit to FSU was a good visit and it was the best unofficial I took overall. Just being down in Florida, seeing the campus, facilities and getting to talk to the coaches and players was nice."

Lott says that at this time FSU has not officially offered him yet, he says defensive line coach Odell Haggins likes him as a prospect. Derrick said the offer is based off his grade situation. If an offer comes, look for the Seminoles to become a major player for the talented lineman.

me as a player. While I play end in high school Coach Haggins said that I could be a guy who could get up to 300 pounds and be a force for them. Right now I'd say the offer I have from FSU is verbal because it's based off of my grades. I have to send them my grades and transcripts. My grades got a lot better over the last year. I took summer school so I've been working hard on them. If FSU offered me they'd shoot up the top of my list because it's always a place I wanted to go. They're always about speed and that's how I like to play."

Derrick is a big kid who is only going to get bigger when he gets into college. He says before he gets there there're some things he wants to work on in order to become a more effective player.

"Right now I am 6'4" and 275 pounds," said Lott, "and I think I am going to add weight on in the future. My game right now is based off of speed (runs a reported 4.6) and quick feet. I am able to toy around with the linemen and get to the quarterback pretty easily. I want to work on my quickness off the ball and my explosiveness this year."

Lott says that he is going to take his recruiting process slow so a higher GPA and test score can translate into more offers from big-time programs. He knows what he's looking for in a school and has some thoughts on who he may take an official visit to.

"As far as a commitment goes I am going to wait and take all 5 officials," expressed Lott. "That way I can take the process slow and let my grades improve more so the offers I want will come through. Right now every school is even and I can't say I have a favorite. When I take my visits I will be looking at the town, the team and the coaching staff. I know for sure FSU will be on my list and that I'll take an official there. I think I may visit Oklahoma State and South Carolina, too."

Derrick feels like at the end of the day he'll make the grades and test scores to get into college. He told NoleDigest that he doesn't anticipate any problems because he's been working hard to right the ship. Lott is a guy the coaching staff at FSU likes a lot, so if gets his grades, look for FSU to be a major, major player in Lott's recruitment. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates on Derrick, as well as the rest of the 2009 recruiting class.

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