Grossmont (Calif.) College running back Derrell Hutsona says that Kansas State has vaulted to the top of his list and that an official visit set for January 20th to Manhattan could be the deciding factor for the San Diego running back.
"Right now my favorite schools to be honest are Kansas State and Washington State and then probably UCLA after that. I am going to go check everything out and take my official visit there and then try and decide," Hutsona told KStateFans.
Prior to Coach Prince assuming the reins of the program, Hutsona admits that K-State was not even on his radar screen. That has since changed.
"Well I was playing in the championship game and Kansas State had some coaches there scouting things and I had a pretty good game. After the game, they asked for some tape and just a couple days later the coach came and met with me and offered me a scholarship. I brought the scholarship offer to me in person and that was pretty cool. Things just went from there and then they scheduled me to come down for a visit," said Hutsona.
Tim Tibesar is recruiting Derrell for the Wildcats and the championship game mentioned was California Community Colleges Commission on Athletics Football Championship where Hutsona went off for 129 yards on 19 carries to become the game's leading rusher.
Derrell says he is taking his time to evaluate the schools he likes and will look to take all of his visits before making a decision but says K-State already has a running back that he can relate to in Darren Sproles.
"I am from San Diego and I have met Darren a couple of times and I know what he was able to do there. I am not sure that Coach Prince will run the same offense, I don't think it will be the same but I know what he was able to do and I am looking to do the same thing. You know we are both smaller backs but we both have great vision. Just talking with him, you know, I understand what they are about and what it is like there. I am looking forward to checking it out myself."
A high school teammate of Reggie Bush, Derrell was recently named 2005 CO-Offensive Player of the year, along with QB – Brent Schaeffer by the JC Athletic Bureau – California Community College Football Coaches Association. In terms of recruiting, Reggie had some advice for Derrell.
"I have been taking it easy and just hanging out with Reggie over the Holidays. Reggie helps me keep everything in perspective and since he has been through this before he tells me what to look for. You know he just tells me that this is a business and that coaches are going to tell you what you want to hear and to be careful and follow what you think is right. Not all coaches you know but there are some out there."
With a trip scheduled to Washington State for January 13th, Hutsona says that Kansas State and Washignton State are his two top schools and visiting both on back to back weekends will help aid his decision.
"I am looking forward to going to both schools and checking things out and then trying to compare them and find the best fit for me. I would like to meet Coach Prince and talk to him and see what K-State is about and get to know them better. Right now, between Washington State and Kansas State, I like them both and I am going to have to look at them and talk to the coaches to figure out who I like the best."
At 5-foot-10 and 185 pounds, Hutsona says his vision and speed are what make him such a dangerous running back.
"I can just see the field and know when it is time to hit the hole. I am not as big as some of the running backs but I can hold me own on the field (Hutsona says chuckling). My speed allows me to either take it outisde or if there is a little daylight I can bust a big one up the middle too."
"I am looking forward to playing Division I football and the challenges it brings. I think I am at that stage where I am ready to go on and I am looking forward too, to the competition at the next level. I went San Jose State for one year and I had to red-shirt because I did not make it in and was a prop 48 so then I went to Grossmont and I have just played this year. With only one year if I do everything I need to do and take care of business I will get a year back and then I will be looking at playing three years at the next level."
Hutsona put up good numbers at Grossmont this year rushing for 1,288 yards after 12 games and being named the MVP in each of Grossmont's playoff wins en route to the Championship.
Speaking of championships, Hutsona had his own opinion on the National Title game between his HS running mate Reggie Bush and Texas in the Rose Bowl.
"I was over at LaDainian Tomlinson's house the other night and he is Texas guy and even he thinks USC is going to destroy Texas. He thinks they just cannot stop Reggie and Matt together and that it may not even be a game. Reggie is going to go off. I mean you really cannot stop him and we talk a little but I can't give any of that away. Reggie is going to go off and I think he is going to make a statement. USC will win another championship."
We will be checking back with Derrell following his visits.
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