Nebraska Interested In Productive DT

Picking up Ndamukong Suh along with Barry Cryer and Ola Dagunduro this past year was a major feather in the caps of the Nebraska Cornhuskers. They look to continue their luck on the defensive tackle road with a prospect out of California. Just what does he think of the Big Red and what are their chances of pulling him out of the Golden State?

Derrick Hill is a bit of a tweener.  He spends some time inside at defensive tackle and occasionally makes a trip outside to defensive end.  One thing is sure though: Wherever he lines up, the man is a holy terror.  He stands 6' 2" and weighs in at 260 pounds while running a 5.1 40 yard dash.  He benches 340 pounds, squats 505 pounds and cleans 235 pounds.

So, you say you're looking for production out of your defensive linemen?  Hill did just that during his junior season notching 90 tackles, 30 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, six forced fumbles and a touchdown.  Clearly, the man knows how to get things done.  He was named First Team ANG and First Team All City and currently holds offers from California, Arizona, Washington State, Kansas, San Diego State and is expecting one shortly from Nebraska.  He is also garnering interest from Georgia Tech and Oregon State.

Hill looks to attend camps at California and Arizona and cites his strengths as his physicality, his sure tackling and his ability to be very forceful.  Nebraska will be coming to visit Hill in May to check out the young man in person.  As for what Derrick thinks of the Cornhuskers, well, it's all about The League.  "I think it's a very good program.  I think that now with the coaching staff, with the head coach being a former pro coach, that they'll be easier to make it to the league.  That's one of my main goals in college is to make sure I can elevate my skills and make it to the pro level," he said.

In looking for an ideal college, not only does Hill want to make it to the next level, he is looking for the full collegiate experience.  "Academics (are big) as far as how many athletes graduate and good engineering program," he said.  Derrick is also looking for a school with a positive atmosphere and a competitive spirit.  Nebraska has been sure to let Derrick know that they are interested in his skills.  "They sent me a nice amount mail.  There's been a few handwritten letters, I've tried to call Coach Wagner a few times but I'm not sure if he got my calls," said Hill.  Derrick wants to visit as many schools as possible in order to find out just what's out there.


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