Derrick Champion Recruiting Update

[Premium Article] Gene's Page recently caught up with Germantown (TN) HS TE/OL Derrick Champion (6-4, 265) to get an update on how things are going.

We have you listed at 6-foot-4, 265 is that about right?
"Actually I have lost a little bit, I am about 255."

What were your stats for the season?
"We run the option, so we don't throw the ball very much. I think I had 12 catches, four touchdowns. Mainly I was used as a blocker and I had some pancake blocks. I played defense for two games when one of our guys went down and I had six or seven tackles and two sacks."

What is your bench and squat?
"I bench 335 and squat 450."

What schools are recruiting you?
"Memphis, Louisville, Middle Tennessee, Oklahoma State, Mississippi State and Southern Miss."

Are all of those schools calling?
"Yes, they are calling pretty regularly."

Have any of those schools come in for visits?
"Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Oklahoma State, pretty much everybody that I listed have come to the house."

What coach from State has been recruiting you?
"Coach Felker."

What about official visits, have you set any up?
"I have been to Southern Miss and Louisville."

Are you setting up any others?
"I committed to Southern Miss, so I really doubt it."

Thanks so much, Derrick.
"Thank you."

Grant Alford is a free-lance correspondent for Gene's Page. He is a student at Mississippi State University. You can contact him by email at

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