RECRUITING: Derrick Hallman- Blowin' No Smoke

Safety/wide receiver Derrick Hallman (6-0, 204, 4.5), from Ft. Pierce Central High School (Fla.), said he favors Central Florida (offer) slightly over Florida, Miami, Florida State and Auburn--in this order. He has four offers, including UCF, Stanford, Air Force and Henderson State (Div. II).

(Derrick Hallman Profile)

"I'm a big fish in a little pond. Not a lot of big players usually come out of this area," Hallman said.

"I prefer playing safety over wide receiver because I love contact and I love to hit. I'm a leader on the field. I do a lot of talking to motivate my team. Right now I'm working to improve my field awareness as a safety.

"Central Florida is only an hour and a half from home, so it's the closest. They are recruiting me the hardest. I've visited on several occasions and the campus is beautiful--everything is brand new. The coaches at Central Florida are a lot like my coaches at high school. They keep it real with the players and don't blow any smoke," Hallman said.

"I think Florida is going to offer me the soonest because the coaches reach me more than the other schools that haven't offered yet. Urban Meyer has a spread offense, just like my high school team. There is a possibility of me going in and fighting for a starting position, because they are losing a couple of defensive secondary seniors.

"I went to Miami's training camp in April, but I had injured my hamstring in March, and it was still tweaking through April. So, my forty wasn't what I wanted it to be. But they will get to see the real me when I send my highlights tape to them in a couple weeks," he said. "I was a childhood fan of Miami and it's a dream to play there. Their defense always stands out to me. I pay attention to senior safety, Brandon Meriweather, and sophomore cornerback, Randy Phillips, because they both play very aggressive, smash-mouth football.

"I never liked Florida State, to tell you the truth. You can't like both Florida State and Miami. But my sister just transferred there and it would be great to go to college with her because we're close. FSU also got the number one recruit in the nation last year, Myron Rolle. I wouldn't mind playing and learning behind him for a while!" Hallman said.

"I like Auburn's coach, (Terry) Price (defensive ends), because he makes me feel at home. He wanted to see me at camp, but transportation has been a problem this summer. I have family about ten minutes away from the Auburn campus, so they could always come to watch my games," he said.

"Distance is an issue, only because my momma and dad wouldn't be able to come to my games. I like Stanford and I like the location, but my parents don't have the money to pay 400 dollars for a plane ticket every game. I have to keep that in the back of my mind. I can get an education anywhere, so the football program is more important to me," Hallman said.

"I'm going to send my spring tape and tape of the next two Friday games to the coaches who haven't offered yet, because a lot of them just haven't seen me play, even though we communicate. I would like to announce my verbal commitment near the end of the season."

Hallman benches 305, squats 520 and vertically jumps 40". Last season he also had 12 rushes for 144 yards.

He reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 1010/1600 SAT.

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