"I'm getting mail from Tennessee, Princeton, Harvard, UL, Columbia, and Dartmouth. What do I do well on the field? I hit people, and I'm good at getting off blocks."
DeRouen also boasts some impressive weight room numbers: 300-pound bench press, 455-pound squad, and 275-pound clean.
"I went to Junior Day at UL and liked it a lot," said DeRouen. "I liked the way their team worked out and how they practiced."
Northside has reached the Class 4A quarterfinals each of the past two years. What does DeRouen expect next season?
"We'll be better than last year," he said. "Our goal is to win state, and my personal goals are to make first-team all-state and first-team all-district. I was first-team all-district last year."
DeRouen, who is a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker, plans to attend the Under Armour Combine this month in New Orleans, as well as summer camps at LSU and UL.
What does his teammate, Louisiana Tech signee Tyler Porter, have to say about him?
"Derrian's a guy who came in as a sophomore and started at defensive end," said Porter. "He's a natural at linebacker, but we already had some older linebackers in starting roles, so Derrian was plugged in at defensive end.
"He held his own that year. He has strong hands and makes a lot of tackles. He's gotten comfortable playing with his hand on the ground, but he can also play standing up. He's a coachable kid who doesn't say much. He likes to watch film and get the edge on the opposition."